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Steelers LB Melvin Ingram Was as Good as Advertised in Week 1

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Steelers LB Melvin Ingram Was as Good as Advertised in Week 1

There’s no better type of Monday than a Victory Monday. After the Pittsburgh Steelers stunned the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Highmark Stadium, so many things stood out in the impressive performance by our boys in black and gold. How about the elevated play of CB Cameron Sutton? Or what about our special teams unit including newcomer, S Miles Killebrew with his blocked punt, the ever so patient Ulysees Gilbert III with his scoop and score, or good ol’ reliable K Chris Boswell going 3/3 on the day in field goals? Let’s not forget about defensive captain, Cam Heyward forcing 12 QB pressures either, and of course the newest highest paid defensive player in the league, TJ Watt with two sacks and a forced fumble. With that said, there was still one unsung hero who really stood out to me. That man was free agent acquisition and 3x Pro Bowler, Melvin Ingram.

Steelers.com | Melvin Ingram III (8) and TJ Watt (90) during their pregame routine vs the Buffalo Bills on September 12th, 2021 at Highmark Stadium, NY.

 

 

Ingram ended the game with just 1 tackle and 1 pass deflection, but his presence on the defensive side of the ball was felt all day long. He had EIGHT total QB pressures, and was even held on multiple plays which led to penalty yardage for the Bills.

 

Check out some of these plays that you may have missed by Ingram. Simply incredible:

 

 

With the loss of DL Stephon Tuitt to start the season, I personally felt that that injury would hinder this team more than the average fan would think — especially in pursuit of a seventh Lombardi Trophy. But the pressure Ingram was able to display on the edge on Sunday vs. the Bills gave me so much hope and excitement. This could easily be one of the best free agent pickups of the entire off-season for any team if Ingram continues to play at this high of a level.

Steelers reporter Missi Matthews caught up with Ingram after the game and asked him what he thought of the team’s performance as a whole. Ingram put it best:

“It went amazing. It’s just one stepping stone, we still have a long way to go, but it just shows you the resilience this teams has. We never blinked, we never folded, and everybody played their part today.”

Watch (2:18):

 

Watt pretty much summed it all up in his postgame interview as well:

 

Who was your unsung hero vs. the Bills? How do you think Ingram played overall in Week 1? Click to comment below!

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  1. Robert

    September 13, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    #8 was the best free agent pick-up, besides #39 (not sure if you call that one a free agent; more like a no way am I staying here agent!). Colbert will be in the hall of fame!

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