Shazier is Digest Player of Week
In his NFL debut, Ryan Shazier did not disappoint with his all-around performance
His NFL debut was highly-anticipated, and befitting a guy comfortable with the spotlight, Ryan Shazier didnít disappoint. In his first preseason action, Shazier was the starting inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons, and he played until there was about five minutes left in the first half. In that span, Shazier had nine tackles, an interception that he returned 27 yards to set up the Steelersí second touchdown, and he also had two tackles on special teams.
Ryan Shazier is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
ďI thought he did some good things but not unlike what heís done when heís worked,Ē said Coach Mike Tomlin about Shazier. ďFrom the instant he got here heís proven that itís not too big for him, so I canít tell you that Iím surprised by his effort tonight. Iím not.Ē
Also considered was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 8-of-11 for 128 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 150.8; wide receiver Antonio Brown, who caught two passes for 93 yards, including a 76-yard catch-and-run for the teamís first touchdown; safety Robert Golden, who broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone, intercepted another pass, and recovered a fumble; inside linebacker Terence Garvin, who had seven tackles, including one for loss, plus a sack; outside linebacker Vic Soíoto, who had three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble; and punter Brad Wing, who averaged 44.5 yards on six punts, with two inside the 20-yard line.