Steelers underrated player #3
A name that gets a huge deal of unjustified hate is Chris Wormley. The former Raven had a slow start to his Steelers career after he was traded for. Last season he had to step up in a major way though, as he was the primary replacement for Stephon Tuitt. In turn, he put up a career season and was a small bright spot on an otherwise mediocre run defense.
Don’t mistake Wormley for a player of Tuitt’s caliber. He isn’t, but he can hold his own as a limited starter and thrives as rotational depth. He plays the run well and has a good set of pass rush moves. He lacks the elite quickness or ability to counter as Cameron Heyward does, but for a starting defensive end, Wormley is serviceable.
While the Steelers are prepared with more options to replace Tuitt this season, don’t mistake that for Wormley not having a role. Odds are he will be the base defensive end and still see some rotational snaps in passing situations. He has earned that role after his 2021 season. No, he isn’t an elite lineman, but the team could do much worse than relying on Wormley to start.