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  1. Rollers

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    I have been reading a lot about the optimism surrounding this season. Some centers around the return of Martavis, and the new draft picks. So I need some help on this.

    There has also been a ton of optimism around the defense. This is the part I don't get. What do you base the optimism on? Heyward is coming back. Got it. What makes you optimistic about the D this year as I don't see a ton of changes coming? Usually you don't see a defensive back drafter lower than round 2 making any meaningful contributions? I may be wrong about that. So tell me where the optimism comes from that our D is going to be vastly improved? Thanks
     
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    1) Heyward returning (obvious)

    2) Potential exponential growth by 3 second year players in Burns, Davis, and Hargrave. They say the biggest jump is made from year one to year two, and those three all had fantastic rookie seasons all things considered. Burns wasn't an opening day starter last season, and Davis was being shuffled around between slot and safety and he finally started playing some fantastic football after being named the starter at SS. A full offseason/training camp as starters will do wonders for these guys. Especially Davis not being shuffled around

    3) Continued growth and development from 2 more young guys (Tuitt and Shazier) who are both already top 3 guys on our defense. I think if they remain healthy they both take that next step. If Shazier stays healthy I see a potential All-Pro type season.

    4) Bud Dupree. Out for the first however many games of the season. When he finally came back it took him some time to get back into the swing of things, but once he did he showed some significant improvement over his rookie season. He's healthy and has been working as hard as anyone in the league this offseason. Couple those things with his insane athletic abilities and his continued mastering/understanding of the defense/playbook... He's my breakout player of the year for us on defense. I believe he's going to have double digit sacks this year for the first time since, what, LaMarr Woodley in 2011?

    5) TJ Watt. I'm not sure how much he'll contribute this year, and obviously we aren't even in camp yet, but there's been a lot of buzz and positive things coming from veteran players about Watt. I'm not sure that I've seen a rookie come in and get such praise from veteran players, especially before training camp even starts. He's super smart and his work ethic rivals that of Deebo and Antonio Brown. Not to mention he trains with/gets tips from/is brothers with one of the greatest defensive players this game has ever seen. I'm excited to see what he can do.

    Those are the main ones. I've read some positive things about Sutton and Golson but I'm going to withhold judgment there until I see them in camp/preseason. Especially Golson. Like I've said before, I'm not expecting anything from him but I've read some positive things from this offseason and the man could play before having all these injury issues. So we'll see.

    There's absolutely reasons to be optimistic. I'm not expecting a dominant, top 5 defense, but I'm expecting improvement across the board.

    Because as Steelers fans, we've been spoiled with all-time great defenses (as recently as 2008) anything below that is seen as garbage. They were a middle of the road defense last season but since they weren't a top 5 D they were pieces of shit that deserved to be cut and the coaches fired. They made it to the AFC championship for crying out loud. That doesn't happen with "the worst defense ever ugh!!!" They aren't going to magically be able to do what no team has figured out how to do yet, stop Tom Brady and the Pats offense, which seemingly every Steelers fan is obsessed with... but I see improvements made.

    This team was one win away from the Super Bowl. Sure they got blown out, sure the defensive game plan was hot garbage... BUT, they didn't have Cam Heyward, they didn't have Le'Veon Bell, they didn't have Martavis Bryant (or any other receiver besides Antonio brown)... this team has the best chance to make it to the Super Bowl of any previous Steelers teams since their last trip.
     
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    I hadn't seen that. Thanks for sharing. That's great.
     
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    I was very pleased with what the defens did last year.

    12th in the league in yards and 10th in points. That's a solid D. So the question is, will they be better or worse than last year?

    My money is on better. I see the D getting more pressure and creating more turnovers. I see them getting off the field quicker and getting the ball back to the offense.

    If the offense can do what it's advertised to do, this could be a very special year.
     
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    Baring any injuries, we get a healthy Dupree, a healthy David and a healthy Heyward back with a full TC. Plus the early word is that Watt and Sutton looks like contributers. Basically, more depth, better starters and most inportantly, another year of the system.
     

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