Steelers LB Ryan Shazier Expects To Make More Plays Like He Made Wednesday

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier reportedly made an “unreal interception” during Wednesday’s OTA practice and afterwards he was asked if we can expect more plays like that in the future.

“Yeah, you should be expecting some of that,” said Shazier of his leaping interception. “People try to throw across the middle, me and L.T. (Lawrence Timmons) not going to let things like that happen. We’re going to go get the ball.”

Shazier, who has been running with the first-team defense alongside Lawrence Timmons since day-one of the OTA sessions, also feels himself gelling more with his veteran inside counterpart the more that he works with him.

“We’re gelling pretty good and I’m getting to know him more and more every day,” Shazier said of Timmons. “I talk to him sometimes, we watch some film sometimes. Everyday I’m just trying to gain more information from him.”

As far as picking up all of the information associated with the complicated defense run by Dick LeBeau, Shazier feels he is making strides in that area thanks to his supporting cast.

“Yeah, I’m definitely feeling better,” he said. “The older guys are definitely helping me out a lot. (I’m) just starting to understand things a whole lot better, so I’m definitely feeling a lot more comfortable out there.”

LeBeau is apparently comfortable with Shazier and his speed as well, as the Ohio State product was reportedly asked to cover wide receiver Antonio Brown at one point on Wednesday.

More than anything else, as the team winds down their third week of OTA practices, Shazier hopes to show between now and the start of the 2014 season that he can be trusted to carry out his assignments.

“Defenses play great when they don’t have to worry about everybody else and they know that everybody’s taking care of their responsibility.”

  • Superdriller316

    Well worth the 15th pick

  • Jon Crissinger

    Why couldn’t they have a video of this? Hopefully there will be many more opportunities to see similar plays throughout the season!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    It’s been five weeks and I’m still trying to grasp how a LB runs a 4.36 forty. Does anybody else still think this is insanely fast?

  • Jon Crissinger

    Not to mention his 40 inch vertical

  • Ike Evans

    love the confidence…hope he continues to back it up

  • Jacob Dixon

    The part that surprised me the most was he covered antonio brown

  • dgh57

    Hopefully this pick was the result of a hurried throw because of pressure being put on the QB by Tuitt our 2nd round pick!

  • Madi

    I bet the Steelers have private video of it, for film watching purposes. Doubt we’ll ever see it.

  • Jesse Murray

    He will make mistakes but the element to make splash plays is rare imho.

  • Matt Manzo

    “Covering Antonio Brown”, that’s big time right there!!!

  • ApexSteel

    Not trying to piss on the hype parade, but he didn’t cover AB he lined up over him and jammed him. Great int regardless though.

  • Lizard72

    Love how he “knows” it’s his spot next to Timmons. Attitude!

  • Shawn S.

    Like your icon pic.

  • treeher

    Hope playing against these guys in practice makes our offense better!

  • Superdriller316

    I swiped it from Blount. He’s got a killer grill. Love it.

  • charles

    Spence made an athletic interception in preseason too when he was a rookie

  • Aric Brown

    Im liking this kid more and more, but lets be real NOBODY can cover antonio brown

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    We’re playing football in shorts fellas….

  • srdan

    i bet its on their site today

  • Madi

    Please let me know if you find it!

  • Johnny Loose

    I want to watch this new defense so bad!!