4 Steelers that have quietly had extremely strong seasons
By Andrew Falce
Steelers Chris Wormley
While the previous players have all been solid for the Steelers in reserve roles, Chris Wormley has looked stout as a defender stepping in for the elite Stephon Tuitt. He has essentially become the starting defensive end next to Cameron Heyward, and he hasn’t disappointed. No, his stats haven’t been gaudy (he only has a half a sack so far), but he has been regularly stopping the run and applying pressure to the quarterback.
Wormley was an ok player for the Steelers last season after they traded for him, but he wasn’t anything astounding. It was a minor surprise that he was brought back in the offseason, but the moves look great so far. Tuitt has been healing from a knee injury and recovering from the loss of his brother. Wormley’s solid play has given Tuitt the proper time to heal before h has to take the field.
All of this to say that the team should still be hoping for Tuitt to get back on the field sooner than later, but in his place, Wormley can hold his own. The defensive lineman has really come into his own as of late, and he should continue to be a valuable reserve even after Tuitt returns. He is easily having his best season as a pro, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
While the Steelers themselves have struggled as of late, these four players have shown some promise despite limited playing time. While they may never be traditional starters, the players have shown that they can succeed with their teams in a limited role. Easily, these four role players have quietly had strong seasons for the team.