Steelers Pierre adds to his takeaways
James Pierre has seen his playing time decrease from the start of the season due to the team favoring having Arthur Maulet in the slot, but Pierre has been consistently solid when on the field. While he struggles to cover deep (a common problem in this secondary), he is a physical player at the line and looks to make a big play. He has done just that so far, as he has two forced fumbles and a pick, the best numbers in the secondary.
I think Pierre has two things happen this week. For starters, I think he does get on the field more than he has in recent weeks. No, he won’t be playing every defensive snap, but somewhere closer to the 20 snaps a game mark. With those additional snaps, he records his second interception and third forced fumble.
The fumble comes on a Swift run to the outside where Pierre punches the ball out. Later in the fourth quarter, with the Lions trying to push down the field to get the game-winning score, Pierre makes an impressive grab over Hockenson on the sideline, effectively ending the game. He continues to look good in his limited play, and he makes the push to consistently get more playing time.