The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense has improved this year for a variety of reasons. A strong interior pass rush. Its depth at inside linebacker.
But you can’t forget the contribution Mike Mitchell has made to this team, a pleasant surprise after his injury-marred debut year. Keith Butler recognized that Thursday.
“Him getting well and him getting more comfortable in the defense and what we’re doing. Studying it a little bit more. He’s put a lot of effort into what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”
Mitchell played through two pulled groins last year, still managing to participate in all sixteen games. He wound up needing surgery during the offseason.
“That’s a tough deal, trying to play with it the whole season. But he’s coming around for us now.”
Through six games, the second-year safety has recorded 23 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.