Shazier missed the preseason opener with a knee issue. He came out on fire Saturday, making four tackles on Buffalo's opening drive and a solo tackle on the ensuing kickoff.
It appears that rookie linebacker
"He understands concepts very well," linebackers coach Keith Butler said. "He reminds me a lot of Larry Foote in terms of football intelligence, and he's a very sharp guy."
"We can never have enough good players at any one position," general manager Kevin Colbert said. "Again, this kid is talented and unique. He's going to continue to grow and his ability to make plays laterally in the backfield as tackles for losses I think that is very important for today's defenses. One thing, it gives coach [Dick] LeBeau and coach [Mike] Tomlin another option defensively. I mean, you think about the inside rush possibilities with him, Lawrence [Timmons] and Troy [Polamalu] and whoever else we add to the mix, it will be exciting."
Shazier should get on the field pretty quickly for the Steelers -- and not come off of it. After totaling over 100 tackles in each of his last two college seasons (which are seasons of 12 and 14 games, not 16 like the NFL) and posting at least 5.0 sacks and four passes defensed in each of those seasons, there is no telling just how well he'll perform for your Fantasy teams. Shazier has legitimate Top 20 Fantasy linebacker potential. He's worth a pick just after the midway point of your drafts in seasonal and long-term leagues. He's also a second-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
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