Organized team activities may be voluntary, but here are four Pittsburgh Steelers players who desperately need to show up to work this week.
After months without any NFL action to look forward to outside of rookie minicamp, football is back!… Well, sort of. The Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off their organized team activities (OTAs) this week.
It’s hard to gain a lot of deep football insight when it comes to OTAs, as these practices are going to be pretty light. However, it will be telling who shows up. These organized workouts are not mandatory, but here are four players who desperately need to show up and put in the extra work:
Steelers LB Devin Bush
I don’t care where Devin Bush was drafted at this point or what the coaches think about him. After the fiasco we saw last year, the young linebacker absolutely needs to be at OTAs getting as much practice time in as possible.
Bush suffered an ACL tear during the 2020 season, so he might not have been up to full speed last year. He certainly didn’t seem like he was playing with much intensity or explosion. It’s hard to keep coming up with excuses for Bush, but I’m still trying to be optimistic about a potential turnaround in 2022.
If Bush is to have any shot at redeeming himself and patching his otherwise tarnished reputation. He needs to step up and be a leader in the middle of Pittsburgh’s defense. This starts with showing up for organized team activities.