3 Steelers starters that could get leapfrogged during 2022

Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Steelers Bush

This is truly a make-or-break season for Devin Bush. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Bush will be without a contract and entering free agency next season. If he plays anything like he did last season, there is a good chance he struggles to find a new home. Bush was objectively horrible for the Steelers, and he has a lot riding on his performance this season.

While Bush was coming off of a significant injury last season, he was a liability for the defense when on the field. He struggled to read plays, fill gaps, and hold his own in coverage. While the defense as a whole regressed, Bush was the poster boy for its struggles. While he flashed some positive traits before last year, he seems to have lost that potential based on his play from a season ago.

With this being his final season, the Steelers have little left invested in him. If his struggles continue, they can and should opt for a different linebacker to take over. We saw the same thing happen with Artie Burns during the final two years of his rookie deal. Unless Bush really steps it up this season, the team may opt to replace him with someone more consistent.

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While there is a lot to be excited about with the Steelers new roster, there are some players who are seemingly in a bad position. While things can change, there seems to be a good chance that they get jumped on the depth chart by other players at the position.