Mike Tomlin: Alex Highsmith is a man to be reckoned with for sure

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Steelers edge rusher Alex Highsmith got off to a hot start in his third season.

In the victory over the Bengals, Highsmith recorded nine total tackles, two tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, and a forced fumble.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that Highsmith’s production stemmed from a “natural maturation process that he’s going through.”

“We drafted him in the third round out of Charlotte, he showed us some things, that he was able to carve out a role for himself in his rookie year and be a third outside linebacker and even playing some packages, we created some packages to be inclusive with him,” Tomlin said in his press conference. “His second year, he moves into a starting role and does an admirable, varsity job there. So, I just think it’s reasonable to expect that he’s going to continue to improve in the ways that he’s done that since he’s been here.

“I don’t know that any of us are shocked by the performance. As a matter of fact, I think most of us expect it to continue. You’re not going to get three sacks each and every week, but he’s a good player and he’s a man to be reckoned with for sure.”

With T.J. Watt out for the next several weeks with his pectoral injury, Highsmith may receive more attention from offenses. But Tomlin wouldn’t speculate on that, saying reporters should ask Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

In 33 career games with 22 starts, Highsmith has 11.0 career sacks with 22 tackles for loss and 25 quarterback hits.

5 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Alex Highsmith is a man to be reckoned with for sure

  1. I thought Highsmith might get Defensive Player of the Week for his week one efforts but can’t argue with the choice of Fitzpatrick. I hope he continues to have good performances and stays healthy!

  2. This is like the Bud Dupree thing. He’s not that good. Watt takes on doubles, which allows them the scheme up the other side.

    Now with Watt gone, this guy will look mediocre because he is.

  3. With T.J. Watt out for the next several weeks with his pectoral injury, Highsmith may receive more attention from offenses. But Tomlin wouldn’t speculate on that, saying reporters should ask Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
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    He was asked if opposing offenses would pay him more attention…..and he pawned off the question, unnecessarily, on Bill Belichick. He wasn’t asked about the Patriots, and I realize they are the next opponent, but it was not a question specific to the Patriots. It’s not like Belichick said something about the situation either. It’s a testimony to how “in their heads” the Patriots are to the Steelers. Tomlin might want to think about that one.

  4. Coupled with the fact that the bungles OL’s nickname is “The Swinging Rusty Gate” helped him look like LT.

  5. Just scored 7 pts vs the Dolphins, have a QB w/ a bad back, and no Offensive direction at all. Yeah I’d say the Pats have a logical reason to be ” in the heads” of Steelers players & Mike Tomlin. Oh yeah almost forgot – the game is in Pittsburgh too.

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