Steelers rookie Alex Highsmith kicked off 2020 training camp with a zoom meeting with Steelers reporter Missi Matthews along with other Pittsburgh media.
One item in particular was Highsmith discussing training recently with some of his teammates. Highsmith showed several workouts with other Steelers on his twitter account, including Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu and Henry Mondeaux.
But that wasn’t all. Alex Highsmith had thoughts on joining the Steelers to play with, and learn from Steelers edge rushers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree according to Matthews.
“They’re both great. I’m truly blessed to be able to learn from two of the best in the league. i really believe they’re the best pass rushing duo.”
Alex Highsmith joins a Steelers outside linebacker room that has only three players that have logged snaps on the Steelers defense, with Olasunkanmi Adeniyi the only non-starter to have seen game action. Adeniyi only has 71 defensive snaps in his two years on the team, so behind starters T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree there isn’t much experience.
Highsmith has an opportunity to earn a role as a rotational player right away on a Steelers defense that looks to be one of the league’s best. It is good to hear that he is already putting in work to try and make the most of that opportunity.
Other quotes from the interview can be seen below.
Highlights from ESPN’s Brooke Pryor:
Alex Highsmith said he worked out in Pittsburgh with Brandon Jordan and a group of defensive linemen — including Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu and Dan McCullers — last week.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2020
Alex Highsmith: “It’s not going to be a normal season ... I still believe we’re going to do whatever we can to have a season.”— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2020
Alex Highsmith says he’s not a guy who likes going out. Says football is the most important thing and he’s not going to jeopardize himself and others on the team and team staff by going out.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2020
Alex Highsmith says he’s more comfortable rushing from the right side (that’s where he rushed from in college), but says he’s comfortable on either side and in whatever role they need him to play on defense or special teams.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2020
Highlights from Steelers.com‘s Teresa Varley:
'It's still high. I have been preparing over the past three or four months. I am ready and excited for the opportunity.' - @highsmith34 on his confidence knowing they will go from training camp to opening day this year— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) July 28, 2020
Rookie @highsmith34 said his goal is the 'help this team chase a ring.'— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) July 28, 2020