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Can Alex Highsmith develop faster than Bud Dupree did?

Day 15 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring Alex Highsmith, Anthony Johnson, and Buddy Johnson

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Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:

Alex Highsmith

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Position: Outside Linebacker
Age: 23
Year: 2
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 242
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 102, 2020
College: Charlotte
Roster Outlook: Lock

The 2021 season will be a massive one for young Alex Highsmith. He is being handed the keys to one of the most forgiving starting edge rusher spots in the league. Highsmith has the talent to not only put up impressive numbers but create an identity for himself. Playing beside Cam Heyward, Stephen Tuitt, and across from T.J. Watt should see the sophomore pro never have to take on a double team. With no real backup either Highsmith will receive every opportunity to be the guy for the foreseeable future.

Anthony Johnson

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Position: Wide Receiver
Age: 26
Year: 3
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 220
Drafted: UDFA, 2019 (Buccaneers)
College: Buffalo
Roster Outlook: Very unlikely

I feel for any receiver trying to make the Steelers team. Not one of them has a real shot at making the 53-man roster (barring injury), but thankfully there are opportunities to make the practice squad. Anthony Johnson was that guy on the practice squad last year and should have the inside track at the spot once again. His size works in his favor and he could get another crack at making the roster in 2022.

Buddy Johnson

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Position: Inside Linebacker
Age: 22
Year: 1
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 240
Drafted: Round 4, Pick 140, 2021
College: Texas A&M
Roster Outlook: Lock

Buddy Johnson will be a special teams contributor immediately upon making the team. I also wouldn't be surprised if he made a start or two beside Devin Bush before the end of the season. Johnson has the talent and skill set which should make him a full time starter for the Steelers as earlier as the 2022 season. His impact on the Steelers might not be a noticeable one in his rookie year I anticipate Buddy Johnson as a staple of this team for years to come.

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