The Pittsburgh Steelers Could Benefit From Justin Houston





The Pittsburgh Steelers have a situation at the edge rusher situation that needs more attention.


After losing Bud Dupree during free agency to the Tennessee Titans, the Steelers currently have two edge rushers on their roster that played meaningful snaps last season; All-Pro pass rusher TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith. Even with the addition of promising rookie defensive lineman Quincy Roche from this year's NFL Draft, the Steelers are still in need of quality depth at the position.


With news that the Steelers were interested in acquiring veteran pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan, who ended up signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, their next best option at this point could be another veteran, Justin Houston.


After spending his first eight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he accumulated 78.5 sacks and 96 tackles for loss, Houston signed with the Colts in 2019, where he averaged 9.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in the past two seasons. His most notable season was in 2014, when he recorded 22 sacks and 69 tackles, and earning First-team All-Pro honors.


At 32, Houston has shown little signs of rust, with few signs of regression in his productivity.

With a decade in the league under his belt, Houston would be the right mentor for both Highsmith and Roche. Even if Houston is used as a situational pass rusher, his presence could take some attention away from Watt, allowing him to continue producing at an elite level.


For a player that is only 2.5 sacks away from reaching 100 career sacks, he still can make type of plays that would enhance the Steelers pass rush.

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