Melvin Ingram gets a parting shot from the Steelers’ defensive coordinator.


Melvin Ingram gets a parting shot from the Steelers’ defensive coordinator.

The Pittsburgh Steelers traded edge rusher Melvin Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on Tuesday, November 2. The move came as no surprise, as Ingram, 32, had been speculated to be unhappy with his lack of playing time. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network stated on November 1 that Ingram believes “he’s better than Alex Highsmith” and that he should have started over the former third-round choice.

Kinkhabwala’s story appears to be an accurate summary of the scenario, based on statements made by Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler on Thursday.

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‘We all think we’re better than we are,’ says Keith Butler.

Butler informed Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Ingram “wanted to play (ahead of) certain other players,” before adding that the Steelers never considered him a starter over Highsmith, 24, who was picked by the Steelers (No. 102 overall in 2020) out of the University of Charlotte.

“We thought (Ingram) might come in and be a third man for us, but I’m not sure we’d say he’s the second person behind T.J..” “I wouldn’t say that,” Butler responded.

“I wouldn’t say that at all,” he added before slashing Ingram’s size even more.

“I believe we all believe we are better than we are. Butler, who has been Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator since 2015 after serving as the team’s linebackers coach for 12 years, continued, “But we have to suffer reality occasionally.”

Never mind that T.J. Watt and Cam Heyward were both ecstatic when Ingram signed with the Steelers in July, with Watt praising his “phenomenal spin move” and “burst off the line of scrimmage.” Ingram had one sack, two tackles for loss, and six quarterback hits in 246 defensive snaps, compared to 1.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, and four quarterback hits in 289 defensive snaps for Highsmith.

Regardless, the Steelers are going forward without Ingram, which means they’ll be counting on backups Derrek Tuszka and Taco Charlton, the latter of whom was a former first-round choice of the Dallas Cowboys, to provide above-average production… Nokia News – Quick Recap


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