Bush rarely left the field as a rookie in this talented Steelers' defense. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bush is not concerned with his increased role this season:
“I don’t think it’s a good or bad thing … Eight hundred reps can be more of a bad thing because that’s just saying we’re not really that good of an offense. With 800, it doesn’t bother me too much, nor do I think it’s a big load. I was able to handle it last year so I kind of got an idea what I’m stepping into.”
It is encouraging to see that Bush has seemingly embraced the prospect of doing whatever he needs in order to make this group successful. His comments indicate that he is still rather mindful of ensuring the quality of his snaps over the quantity.
Regardless, the Steelers may not have much of a choice but to leave Bush in as much as possible. They still have a notable void to fill alongside him after parting ways with linebacker Mark Barron this offseason. The onus will fall on linebackers Vince Williams or Ulysees Gilbert III to establish themselves as viable replacements.
Regardless, the lack of depth outside of Williams and Gilbert means Bush will be poised for yet another busy season.