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Bush Shines in Preseason Debut with Steelers

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Devin Bush, the 5-11, 234 lb. middle linebacker who the Steelers chose with their first pick in this year’s draft, showed signs of his strong athleticism in the first week of training camp. He picked up where he left off by showing off his skills in Friday night’s preseason game at Heinz Field against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 “I did decent. I did alright,” said Bush. “Some throws got behind me. That disappointed me a bit, so I got a lot to work on.”

Bush was all over the field in the first half. He led the defense on the field and led the team in tackles with 10—seven of them being solo stops. He started the game and saw plenty of action early, as the Buccaneers had the ball for over 12 minutes of the first quarter.

“We had a sack, a pick, a forced fumble, big hits,” said Bell, “it was crazy. I think we looked pretty good as a unit tonight. Everybody did their part.

Bush almost single-handedly stuffed a Tampa Bay scoring drive on the first series of the second quarter. He stopped tight end Tanner Hudson for an eight-yard gain on third-and-nine at the Steeler 17-yard line. The Buccaneers went for it on fourth down and one but Bush (with linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi) stuffed Andre Ellington for no gain and the Steelers took over on downs.

Quarterback Mason Rudolph also looked good in the Steelers’ win Friday night.  

After Josh Dobbs started the game, Rudolph took over with 5:33 left in the second quarter and immediately took advantage of his opportunity. He led the Steelers on a seven-play, 64-yard touchdown drive in 3:37. He hit James Washington for an 8-yard touchdown for the score to give the Steelers their first lead of the game at 10-7.

“I felt comfortable out there,” said Rudolph. “I made some good reads. The receivers did a good job – felt like we were on the same page tonight. There is still a lot to improve on, but this is what you expect in the (first) preseason game of the year.”

Early third quarter, Rudolph led the Steelers on another touchdown drive, this time it was 3 plays for 65 yards in 1:31. He scrambled out of pressure and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Gentry who was rolling across the back of the end zone. Rudolph hit Johnny Holton on a 59-yard completion to fuel the drive. The touchdown gave the Steelers a 20-10 lead.

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