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Talent around Tyson Alualu makes it so he can excel

Steelers, Tyson Alualu

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a 2-0 start in the 2020 NFL season, and part of that is due to their defense. One player who has impressed for the Steelers is defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, who was instrumental in Pittsburgh’s 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos in their Week 2 matchup. 

Against the Broncos, the 33-year old Alualu finished with five tackles, a sack, and a knocked down pass in the Steelers’ win. When asked about his strong start to the season, the 11-year veteran said that a lot of it had to do to opposing teams having to devise game plans for some of his teammates such as TJ Watt, Bud Dupree, Cam Heyward, and Stephon Tuitt. Alualu added that despite their undefeated record, the team is still looking to get better each week, according to NBC Sports. 

“Just having the guys we have on our defense makes it a lot better for me. Whether it’s T.J. or Bud coming off the edge, or Cam or Tuitt pushing up the middle, I think teams have to game plan around those guys and it makes it that much easier for me to go out and do my job. That is my focus and what I try to get done.”

Alualu was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and spent his first six seasons in Florida before joining the Steelers in 2017. He hopes to continue his strong start and be a problem for opposing quarterbacks when the Steelers face Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans in the Week 3 assignment on Sunday.