Steelers need more out of Derek Tuszka
Brought in after cutdowns last season, Derrek Tuszka was forced into action due to the vast number of injuries at the position. While his play wasn’t anything extraordinary, he did fine as a reserve, notching two sacks after having played nearly a quarter of the team’s defensive snaps. Add in his solid and consistent effort on special teams and you had a fine backup.
The same can’t be said for the start of this season, despite having a full offseason with the team, Tuszka has been almost nonexistent so far in training camp. The only benefit he has is that the Steelers are extraordinarily short of capable edge rushers, so he naturally gets a lot of training camp snaps. That said, he hasn’t taken advantage of his opportunity yet.
The battle for the third and fourth edge rusher role is wide open, and almost no one has gotten a firm grasp on the role. Genard Avery has flashed some positive skills and Delontae Scott has looked good as a deep reserve, but no one is really sticking out. Tuszka has a golden opportunity in front of him, but currently, he is missing that chance due to his lack of an impact.