The Steelers knew they got a special player when they drafted Devin Bush with the 10th pick overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, and each week he continues to prove them right with his performance.
His most recent outing against the Los Angeles Chargers was one of his best and earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.
“He has been opportunistic since day zero,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “He continues to be, and we need it.”
Bush got things started for the Steelers after Philip Rivers’ lateral to Melvin Gordon was incomplete and he picked up the free ball and took it nine yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers an early lead, 7-0.
“I realized it was behind the line of scrimmage,” said Bush. “They didn’t blow it dead. So, I mean until they blow it dead it’s still a live ball.”
Bush came up with his second splash play of the game when he intercepted Rivers, putting the ball in the hands of his offense to set up a drive that ended with a James Conner touchdown and 14-0 Steelers lead.
“It felt good just to put a team behind and make them play from behind because that is when they kind of get predictable,” said Bush. “That is when defenses can smother an offense.
“It was fun. That was a fun game. If I could go back, I would play that game again. That was a fun game.”
Bush also led the Steelers defense in tackles with seven, despite missing time in the game with an injury he described as ‘minor.’
“I think it has all come together for all of us as a unit,” said Bush. “A lot of new faces out there. I think week in and week out we keep taking our step. We learn a lot about ourselves and how dominate we can be if we are all on the same page.”