4 takeaways from Steelers Week 6 win vs. Browns
Stephon Tuitt is the second-best player on this defense
If you have been watching the same games I have this season, I’m not even sure this is a controversial statement. Stephon Tuitt is back to full health after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in 2019, and it shows.
Tuitt’s numbers might not have burnt a hole in the stat sheet, but he was incredibly disruptive in the middle of Pittsburgh’s defense, and the biggest reason why Kareem Hunt managed just 3.1 yards per carry this game.
As a pass rusher, it didn’t really matter if Tuitt was single-teamed or double-teamed, he was constantly getting into the backfield, and forcing Baker Mayfield to either tuck the ball and run or make an erred pass.
Through his first five games this season, Tuitt has comprised 4.0 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, and 12 quarterback hits, according to Pro Football Reference. He also forced a fumble in the second half that Pittsburgh nearly recovered. Tuitt is outplaying anyone not named T.J. Watt on Pittsburgh’s defense this year. If he stays healthy, he is on track for an All-Pro season in 2020.