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ESPN lists Steelers’ T.J. Watt with ‘best pass rushing moves’

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is receiving national praise.

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Pittsburgh Steelers fans know how good T.J. Watt can be.

As the leader in sacks through 15 weeks, Steelers fans get to see it up close in action, but he is also gaining national recognition for his play.

ESPN’s Matt Bowen listed Watt as the player with the best pass-rushing moves in the league.

Watt leads the NFL with 16 sacks, using his diverse set of moves to attack the pocket. He can win with speed, power and/or counters, evidenced by the league’s fifth-best pass rush win rate (23.3%). Simply put, Watt is the most advanced pass-rusher in the league.

Watt has played at this high level for a long time, and it seems like he is only getting better. While he may not be able to reach his career high in sacks (he would need 6.5 to tie and 7.0 to break his own personal record in the last three games), he has had a tremendous season and should be in serious consideration for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.

In a year where the offense is abysmal, the Steelers have still won seven games, and a big part of that has been Watt and his play on the defensive side of the ball.

Watt and the Steelers are back in action on Saturday when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a huge game for AFC North playoff implications. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET inside Acrisure Stadium.