NFL.com thinks a Pittsburgh Steelers starter is in danger of losing his starting job during training camp.
Eric Edholm, a lead draft writer from NFL.com, pointed out several first-string players that could be demoted this summer. And Steelers linebacker Devin Bush made his list.
Bush’s career has gone off track since his 2020 ACL injury, and now the player the Steelers once traded up for in Round 1 appears to be battling to keep his starting job. The team has been rotating Myles Jack, Robert Spillane and Bush for first-team reps at inside linebacker, and Bush’s spotty play a year ago won’t soon be forgotten. He can change that with a big camp and preseason, but the Steelers might not be convinced that will occur given that they declined his fifth-year option over the summer. At the very least, Bush is at risk of seeing his role reduced unless he can display the form he showed in a strong rookie season.
For now, Bush is ahead of Robert Spillane on the depth chart. So he’s at least holding on to his starting job for the time being.
Bush, however, doesn’t have the spot locked down.
Teryl Austin said the pecking order at inside linebacker remains Myles Jack and Devin Bush followed by Robert Spillane. But said Spillane is keeping himself in the mix.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 3, 2022
Maybe the competition from Spillane and Myles Jack will be good for Bush. Maybe it will push him to get his career back on track. Competition usually brings out the best in football players and I’m sure that’s what Pittsburgh is hoping for when it comes to Bush.
The Steelers declined Bush’s fifth-year option earlier this offseason, so he’s currently set to be a free agent after the season. That was probably the right call based on his dropoff in production after his stellar rookie season.
But if Bush can stay healthy and return to his 2019 form, perhaps the Steelers will keep him around long-term. He has to avoid losing his job first, but it’s certainly possible that a scenario exists where Bush stays in Pittsburgh beyond the 2022 season.
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