Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest July 2019

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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7 min.
how the steelers landed bush

For each and every day of this NFL offseason, Steelers fans have vilified Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell for being culprits in a 9-6-1 season that ended with no playoffs. But now it’s time to thank them. Both of them. Because if it wasn’t for them, the Steelers never would have been able to get themselves into position to draft Devin Bush. Ever since Ryan Shazier sustained an injury to his spine in that Dec. 4, 2017 game in Cincinnati against the Bengals, the Steelers have been trying to find a way to replace what Shazier was able to give them on the second level of their defense. In basic terms, that would be a three-down linebacker capable of moving sideline to sideline to make plays, a guy who is an…

5 min.
tomlin, colbert discuss 2019 steelers draft

Q. Was it an easy negotiation with Denver when you traded up in the first round to get Devin Bush? Did it take awhile to get the trade? KC: It really wasn’t that complicated. We touched base earlier in the day and exchanged some ideas and usually when you do that you always know. No one wants to make a deal until you’re on the clock because you don’t know what you’re trading away from. We don’t know what you’re trading up for. It really wasn’t that complicated. You get on the phone and it’s, “We’ll do this,” and they say, “OK we’ll do it.” Q. Regarding Devin Bush, did you feel like you did a nice job addressing sub-package football? Were you able to do it the way you maybe hoped? MT:…

4 min.
bush perfect for modern game

Associate Editor DEVIN BUSH JR. • LB • MICHIGAN • HT: 5-11 • WT.: 234 • ROUND: 1st (10th overall) Mike Tomlin was talking the other day about moving safety Terrell Edmunds closer to the action this season, but he wouldn’t go so far as to call Edmunds a linebacker, even in sub-packages. “Sometimes we get too caught up in the semantics,” Tomlin said. “But he’ll be closer to the action. It’s the game right now.” It’s the kind of game that brought free agent Mark Barron — a strong safety out of Alabama in 2012 — to the Steelers as a linebacker. And it’s the kind of game that caused them to draft Devin Bush, a speedy linebacker whose father was a first-round safety in 1995. Bush, at 5-11, is the shortest linebacker ever drafted…

3 min.
bush exceeding family standards

Assistant Editor They were the words Devin Bush Jr. always hoped to hear. And they weren’t the ones spoken by Steelers legend Joe Greene when he announced Bush as the Steelers’ No. 1 draft pick on April 25. These words, they had much deeper meaning. His entire life there was someone Devin Bush, the linebacker from Michigan who the Steelers traded up 10 spots to select in the first round, has looked up to. His father, Devin Bush Sr. His dad played college football at Florida State, then went on to be the first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1995 NFL draft, the 26th overall pick that year. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Falcons, St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns. And all his son wanted was to one day…

4 min.
receiver just a ‘natural’ talent

Associate Editor DIONTAE JOHNSON • WR • TOLEDO • HT: 5-10 • WT.: 183 • ROUND: 3rd (66th overall) Hakeem Butler certainly was a dream for Steelers fans looking for their next big-time wide receiver. And Miles Boykin would have brought plenty of smiles as well. But the Steelers threw their fans a curve by instead drafting Diontae Johnson, a little-known receiver from Toledo who isn’t tall or thick or particularly fast and hadn’t played much against Power 5 competition. Could the Steelers have perhaps waited a round to draft Johnson? It was a question Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake seemed to be expecting. “There were so many coaches who were at that pro day,” said Drake, “and everybody raved about this kid, so he probably would not have been around. I know for a fact…

5 min.
a special father-son bond

Assistant Editor When Diontae Johnson first arrived in Pittsburgh the day after he was selected by the Steelers in the third round of the draft, he went through all the mandatory things the team’s top three draft picks are asked to do, from interviews to a photo shoot, and meeting everyone from coaches to equipment staff. Once he had run through the gamut, he stopped and asked a question. When do we come back to Pittsburgh? When he was informed he wouldn’t have to be back until May 9 for the team’s rookie minicamp, a smile crept across his face. Rest assured, if he was told he would be staying until the end of the 2019 season, chances are good the team’s third-round pick still would have been smiling. That is just the type of…