NFL training camps are in full swing and players are fighting for playing time and roster spots. Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick Ryan Shazier is one of the players who is hoping to make his impact felt on the field.
For the linebacker, it appears that the first impression he has made is a positive one.
Shazier has been showing off his speed during pass rushing drills and it has not gone unnoticed from his teammates and the Steelers coaching staff.
“He did some nice things,” head coach Mike Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He was elusive. He was playing to his assets with his speed and agility.”
Shazier understands that his speed will be a key to his success in the NFL, and he is hoping he will be able to use that to help the Steelers.
“I’m going to try to use [speed] as much as possible,” Shazier said. “I’m going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do. I’m going to try to use my God-given abilities to help my team.”
The Steelers are still looking to get younger on the defensive side of the ball, and Shazier could prove to be a key member of the defense moving forward.
If his hot start to training camp is any indication, the Steelers may have struck gold with their 2014 first-round pick.