Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker racked up a quick 2.0 sacks in his NFL debut, yet his head coach wasn’t entirely blown away with the performance.
That’s not as a result of anything Watt did wrong. The 22-year-old rookie simply made the plays that were in front of him to make in the preseason opener against the New York Giants on Friday. Watt wasn’t even blocked on his second sack of the night.
Needless to say, the degree of difficulty wasn’t very high, as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin observed.
“Those were probably the two easiest sacks of his career,” Tomlin said, via James C. Wexell for Steel City Insider. “But I do like what I see.”
The 30th-overall choice in the 2017 NFL Draft, Watt still deserves credit for finishing those plays, and has been disruptive regardless, finishing with 4 tackles and 3 quarterback hits.
What Watt’s big debut means for the Steelers
Pittsburgh is counting on Watt to make an immediate impact in 2017, so any production at this early stage can be viewed as a positive. Tomlin is right, they won’t all come this easy, but it was a great start, regardless.
Whether Watt can keep up the pressure when opponents actually, you know, lay a finger on him, will be the true test.