Cam Heyward: We’re not reinventing the wheel without T.J. Watt

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There were fears that Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt would miss the rest of the regular season when he tore his pec last weekend, which made this week’s news that he doesn’t need surgery and will likely be able to return around midseason a big win.

Watt did go on injured reserve, though, and the Steelers will have to play without him for at least four games. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin admitted that things are “gonna change because he’s not there,” but said the structure of the Steelers defense will not change as they ask other players to take on bigger roles.

Defensive end Cam Heyward shared a similar take about moving forward without the 2021 defensive player of the year.

“Obviously, you don’t want to play without a guy like that, but guys gotta step up,” Heyward said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com. “We’re not reinventing the wheel. We’re not going out there saying that we have to change up our entire scheme and stuff, but we just gotta make sure we do our jobs.”

Alex Highsmith and Malik Reed will be the key guys stepping up for the Steelers this week. Highsmith had three sacks against the Bengals in the opener and the Steelers will be hoping he continues to be as productive without Watt on the other side of the field.

7 responses to “Cam Heyward: We’re not reinventing the wheel without T.J. Watt

  1. The Rams probably don’t win the super bowl without Aaron Donald, but they’re still a good team.

  2. This makes the Malik Reed move look genius. Hopefully the D will all just try to do their job and not try to do too much but just stay focused on their role.

  3. Who is Malik Reed? LOL

    He weighs 235 lbs. This is a guy who is supposed to set the edge on tosses, etc? Double LOL

    Bud Dupree doesn’t do jack without Watt on the other side and it will be the same for Highsmith.

    Pats run amuck and win it going away.

  4. Pats run amuck and win it going away.
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    Good Lord…..you may not even score 10 points. The Patriots offense is going in circles. These aren’t Tom Brady’s Patriots anymore.

  5. The comment above about “Tom Brady’s Patriots” caught my eye. For years the Patriots, with Brady, were the AFC team to beat. He led an exciting offense that was very dynamic and fun to watch. This is no longer the case in NE. At the moment it looks like the Chiefs, with PM or the Bills with JA are the AFC teams to beat. The NE defense is still a work in progress and may even be worse that the one we saw crumble late last season. I think the Pats will be lucky to win 8 games this year.

  6. I’m not a betting man, but I think since one guy has been wrong 98 percent of the time, I may make my first bet on Pittsburgh. Not because I’m a fan but just to make some money.

  7. He accumulates sacks like empty pop cans. He causes fumbles and interceptions. He causes general mayhem. He demands attention, the first look. He is,as his coach intimates, irreplacable.

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