3 Steelers could surprise us with terrific seasons in 2021
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers DL Chris Wormley
Chris Wormley has never really gotten a chance to shine among the starters since entering the league as a third-round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens back in 2017. For Jim Harbaugh’s team, Wormley was a rotational defensive lineman who never played more than 46 percent of defensive snaps in any given season before being traded to the Steelers last year.
For Pittsburgh, Wormley played even less as Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward ate up a bulk of the snaps along the defensive line. With Tuitt now on IR to begin the season, Wormly will finally have the chance to prove why he should be a starting defensive lineman in this league.
During Steelers training camp and the preseason this summer, I thought Wormley was one of the more impressive defenders on the team. While this may not have shown up in the box score during exhibition action, Wormley made his presence felt with his ability to walk offensive linemen back into the pocket and disrupt passing lanes with his remarkable size and length.
Of all the quality players on the Steelers roster, Wormley seems to be just an afterthought. He’s never had more than 1.5 sacks or 2 tackles for a loss in a single season, but I have a feeling that will change early in 2021.