Current Pittsburgh Steelers compared to Thanksgiving dinner dishes

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90)
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The Steelers rolls: Alex Highsmith

While bread gets unfairly demonized by many people who feel averse to carbs, let me just tell you, they are a pivotal part of the Thanksgiving plate. They can stand on their own with a little bit of butter, or they can be used to clean off your plate and make sure the remnants of your meal all make it into your stomach.

Fine on their own, rolls get elevated when they are paired with a great meal. Again, it isn’t uncommon to use said rolls to mop up the remainder of your plate. If the entire meal was great, that would make the rolls that much better! If the rest of the meal struggles, rolls can still provide a pleasant addition to the dinner

Highsmith is just that. While his stats aren’t always gaudy, he is consistently winning off the edge and making an impact with pressure. He has also developed into a decent run defender. Despite not being the biggest defender, he can hold his own and set the edge in the run game while still being a potent pass rusher.

When the defense as a whole is on top of it, Highsmith only gets better. He is a great compliment to the likes of Watt and Heyward, and while he may shine less than either of those names, he is still a pivotal piece of this defense. He is great on his own and even better in a top-notch defense. He brings so much to the table just like the bread does.