Earlier this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a splash in free agency when the team signed former All-Pro pass rusher Melvin Ingram.
Paired alongside T.J. Watt, the Steelers have high expectations for their pass-rushing pair. However, with Watt out of training camp awaiting a new deal, Ingram has been receiving more work than usual.
He and second-year pass rusher Alex Highsmith have been working both the left and right sides of the defensive line. Head coach Mike Tomlin said he’s “challenged” his new pass rusher.
“It’s funny, I challenged Melvin Ingram this morning in the team setting,” Tomlin said during his weekly press conference. “We’re coming after Melvin Ingram today with tackle-over, out in that space with some big tight ends like Zach Gentry. Melvin’s a run-game bully so we wanted to get to know him a little bit today.”
Tomlin rarely hands out praise – especially to a player so new to the team – but found himself raving about Ingram and his work ethic so far in training camp.
“I’ve just been excited about getting to know him as a player and looking at his skill set and figuring out ways that we can infuse him into what it is that we do,” Tomlin said. “It’s been a fun process. He’s a football lover. He’s a competitor. He likes to work. He’s been fitting in nicely with the guys. It’s been a fun process.”
The Steelers should have a stout defense once again.
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