5 Steelers who made great improvements in week 4 against the Bengals
We can point fingers all over the place for what happened on defense over the first three weeks of the season, but the fact of the matter is that Devin Bush wasn’t spectacular in those games. That was to be expected, as the rookie linebacker turned just 21-years in July.
Bush is expected to have growing pains, but he turned things around quickly with a spectacular showing against the Bengals on Monday Night Football.
This year’s 10th overall pick is truly starting to live up to his billing. His play speed is thoroughly impressive and possesses more stopping power against the run than many people realize. Against Cincinnati, Bush was able to drop the ball carrier for a loss 3 times to go with his sack, pass defense and quarterback hit.
The Steelers were desperately hoping a wide receiver would step up and contribute for Pittsburgh, and Johnson was the guy who emerged from the shadows in week four. After just 7 combined receptions through the first three weeks of the season, Johnson exploded onto the scene with a 6 catch, 77-yard performance against the Bengals.
Not only did he far outpace fellow wideout, James Washington, in targets (6 to 1), he also outperformed JuJu Smith-Schuster, and was much more efficient with his looks.
Johnson is a shifty receiver that can get quick separation on a team that desperately lacks that type of receiver. He could be a big piece of the puzzle on offense moving forward.