Steelers like DE Twitt is uncertain depth


Pittsburgh (AP) —Chris Wormley is ready to do whatever the Pittsburgh Steelers want. Nose guard. Defensive end. Please line up in a 4-point position. stand up. Anything is fine.

“I’m a kind of versatile man,” Wormley said on Monday.

The Steelers are good because the 27-year-old needs to be flexible, especially because Stephon Tuitt’s status is uncertain as Buffalo’s upcoming opening round on September 12.

Twitt has never practiced with the team at any time during the training camp.Director Mike Tomlin emphasized that Twitt is “healthy”, but Twitt said Loss of younger brother Richard Bartlett III. 23-year-old Bartlett died in a hit-and-run accident in Atlanta in June. Wormley said he remained in the locker room while Twitt was sad.

“We are giving him as much time as he needs,” Wormley said. “I think it’s great not only for us but for him that he is around us.”

Tomlin refused to go into the details when asked about the possibility of the opening round of Twitt on Monday. Twitt is about to finish the season with the best 11 sack of his career for the AFC North Champion.

A year ago, the missing Tuit would have been a problem. Still, the Steelers seem to have better equipment to move forward if Twitt doesn’t oppose Bills.

Baltimore’s third round pick of 2017, traded to the Steelers in March 2020, Wormley, in stark contrast to his difficult first summer in Pittsburgh, which was limited by lower body injuries. , Out of a solid camp. He struggled to get into the defensive line rotation early in the 2020 season and then spent three weeks on the injured list with a knee injury.

That was not the case in 2021. Wormley has sometimes been confused during the preseason and feels that this fall is gaining momentum to become more than just a bystander.

“It was my number one goal for this camp just to stay healthy, and most of the time I have,” Warmley said. “Getting these guys every day and continuing to build on what you did the day before and the pre-season games is very important because we didn’t have that time last year.”

The 6’5, 300-pound wormley has the kind of violent size that can disrupt the overtaking lane, and the strength he believes can tie up the interior lineman if needed. But those obligations fall primarily to 34-year-old Tyson, a combination of Araru and perhaps Isaia Bags and Carlos Davis, and even Henry Mondou.

The Steelers took late flyers in the draft with Bugs (6th round of 2019), Davis (7th round of 2020) and Isaiah Louder Milk (5th round of 2021) and were occasionally impressed during the camp. Throw-in to Mondo, who is becoming the ace of a special team, and coaching staff can make difficult decisions when the roster is trimmed to 53 on Tuesday.

Tomlin described the group as a “good mix” that offered just a little bit of everything.

“There are some talented young men,” Tomlin said. “There are older men who know what they are doing. And when you have it, you have the material for a good group. The old men understand the standard. They help young men coach and mature. “

The Steelers led the NFL in the sack for four consecutive seasons, with Twitt, Wormley, Kamhayward, and Al Al combining 18 of the team’s 54 sack, but they were a little tired of running through at once. rice field. Opponents were rushing an average of 124.5 yards when Pittsburgh started 11-0 and finished 1-5.

That’s the number that needs to go down, and line of defense performance is a great help in deciding if that happens. Wormley is excited about the potential of the group, especially when Tourette’s well-known No. 91 returns to a secret talk.

“I think the biggest thing for all of us is that when he comes back to play, we don’t skip the beat,” Wormley said. “And I think that’s what he’s working on right now.”

Note: Allpro S Minkah Fitzpatrick and second year WR Chase Claypool exchanged heat blows near the end of Monday practice. Tomlin claimed he hadn’t seen the fight and refused to go into the details of a very noisy post-practice story with the team heard 50 yards away, but Wormley and a second-year guard. Kevin Dotson happens in a camp that called it part of what he could do. “If you compete, your competitors will fight. (Fitzpatrick and Claypool) are two of our biggest competitors, so I think they will happen at least once,” Doston said. … RT Zach Banner didn’t practice on Monday and Chuks Okorafor took the banner position by switching from left to right tackle. Rookie Dan Moore Jr. was in charge of the starter with the left tackle.


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