The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2021 regular season, but before the real games begin, the team has to head to training camp to fine tune their skills. As we here at BTSC prepare you for the start of camp, we give you a series called “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” which gives you a Steelers scenario every day leading up to the start of camp.
It is simple how it works. We provide you the scenario, reasons why it will or won’t happen, and then our prediction for what we think will take place.
Let’s get to the scenario...
Scenario: Devin Bush will have over 100 tackles in 2021
Devin Bush’s NFL tackles:
2020: 26 (in 5 games)
2019: 109 (led the Steelers)
Why it will happen: The Steelers first-round draft pick in 2019 showed in his rookie year what he can bring to the middle of Pittsburgh‘s defense. Leading the Steelers in tackles his first season, Bush managed being tops on the team despite only playing 82% of the defensive snaps. Firmly established as the man in the middle, Bush will have every chance to hit triple digits with 17 games in 2021.
Why it won’t happen: While Steelers fans are hopeful, we don’t know exactly what to expect from Bush as he comes off of ACL surgery. Even if he gets back to his 2020 form, Bush was not on pace to hit 100 tackles last season. Averaging less than six tackles per game, even if saying he only played half a game against Cleveland, Bush was not averaging enough to hit the century mark even if they played 17 games. With 2020 showing more of what Bush’s role will be in the defense, he’s not going to be the guy who asked to make every tackle.
Prediction: This is another one of those statistics which really could go either way. Devin Bush may not be tasked with stopping the run and piling up tackles like he did in his rookie season. But with the extra game, a healthy Devin Bush gets back into the 100 tackle club for 2021.
Check out yesterday’s ‘30 Scenarios in 30 Days’ prediction:
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.