5 important observations from Steelers training camp
By Tommy Jaggi
Alex Highsmith has been stealing the show
If Alex Highsmith’s name has frequently come up on your social media timeline, this isn’t for no reason. The young Steelers edge defender has my vote for training camp MVP so far.
Though he’s entering just his second season, Highsmith looks like an eight-year veteran out there. He has a terrific feel for the game and an arsenal of moves at his disposal. During OL vs DL drills, Highsmith has flat-out humiliated Dan Moore Jr. more often than not. When Najee Harris wanted to test deeper waters in backs-on-backers by going against Highsmith, the former college walk-on put the first-round running back on his backside.
During 11-on-11 team sessions, Highsmith was always one of the first defenders to get to the quarterback. In fact, Pittsburgh’s defense would have been credited with a handful of sacks over the last few practices if the defense was allowed to hit the quarterback.
From everything I’ve seen so far, I think it’s safe to say that Alex Highsmith isn’t losing his starting job as some analysts predicted. If he keeps up at this rate, he and T.J. Watt could be one of the most lethal edge pairings in the NFL.
There are many other notes from Steelers training camp that I will be sure to share with you soon. Stay with us for in-depth coverage of the Steelers as preseason kicks off.