Ryan Shazier Shines in Pittsburgh Steelers Debut

By Jason Priestas on August 17, 2014 at 7:10a

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There had been early camp buzz, but last night, Pittsburgh Steeler fans finally got a chance to see what this Ryan Dean Shazier kid was all about.

In his NFL preseason debut, Shazier played early and spectacularly for the Steelers, recording 11 tackles (two on special teams) and notching the first of what should be many interceptions, when he picked Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first quarter, returning it 27 yards to set up a Pittsburgh touchdown.

Shazier's first NFL interception.

Shazier's 11 tackles included nine solos, or five more than any other defender playing in the game, a 19-16 win for Pittsburgh. And he made his presence known immediately:

Not bad for a guy recovering from what Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin referred to as a "boo-boo" two weeks ago. Seriously, just watch this 53-second highlight of Ryan Shazier being Ryan Shazier.

Speaking of Buckeyes in the NFL, how unfair is it for the defending Super Bowl champion to have this kind of talent coming off the bench at quarterback?

Terrelle Pryor is fast.

That's Terrelle Pryor making NFL players look slow on a 44-yard touchdown run in Saturday night's 41-14 (too soon?) win over the Chargers.

[Pryor GIF via @cjzero]

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Liening's picture

I love that Shazier is off to a good start in the NFL.  He is such a quality guy -- no drama, just talent and hard work.  I am going to enjoy watching him play.

GLiening

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Barnsey69's picture

Could not agree more. I am very much NOT a Steeler's fan, but I will have to root for RDS regardless because he is such a badass and forever a Buckeye.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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Buckeye419er's picture

Still kinda salty that the Raiders traded TP, but it is what it is. He just does stuff like that so who needs him really? smh. As for RDS, we all knew he was destined for great things. He's a beast. Too bad it's with the squealers. Oh well. sigh...

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gumtape's picture

TP - All he does is score touchdowns.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

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awlinBrutus's picture

didn't understand the Raiders getting rid of TP especially with that OL. He could get playing time in Seatle if their starter gets hurt. which is very possible.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Mortc15's picture

Possible, sure. But very? Wilson is one of the best scramblers at avoiding hits and staying out of harm's way. 

Buck-I4Life

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Poison nuts's picture

RDS.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

+4 HS
Knarcisi's picture

LeBeau + RDS. Do the math. 

+17 HS
AndyVance's picture

Shazier working for The Venerable Dick LeBeau? Future Pro-Bowler in the making. Here we go Steelers...

Edit: Clearly Kevin and I are on the same page :) Addition by addition, Baby.

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hit_the_couch's picture

I can't be mad at Lebeau even though i'm a Bengals fan. He is a good DC (too bad his HC days didn't work out) and hate to see him in Pittsburgh. It's a plus that he was a player under Woody, which I just found out.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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D-Day0043's picture

Sam Wyche's no-huddle offense, the origins of Bill Walsh's west-coast offense, and the zone-blitz out of Dick Lebeau's 3-4 defense were created in Cincinnati.

Unfortunately those things were used to win Super Bowls elsewhere. 

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AndyVance's picture

LeBeau is pretty much the greatest defensive coordinator in the League, and perhaps even in the history of the League. He is definitely one of the most underrated/overlooked Buckeye All-Americans in the books.

+7 HS
FunZone's picture

He's a phenomenal guy and golfer as well! He used to show up to the club I worked carts at and play most summer Saturdays. He'd start around 3 and play well past dark. He knew he was preventing me from getting to my typical high school shenanigans so he would personally bring the cart to the garage downstairs and tip very well. If I didn't know his football background I still wouldn't have cared because he was such a joy to talk to.

I asked Braxton how his knee was before halftime at Berkeley and he said, "What up, man."

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M Man's picture

Dick LeBeau was a boyhood hero to a generation of kids in Michigan too.  It's funny; because I was so young at the time, he was well into his coaching career before I realized that he went to Ohio State.

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DannyBeane's picture

God damn. TP literally makes everyone else on the field look like they are running in slow motion and RDS is just awesome. 

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Young_Turk's picture

Was going to post a forum thread on this last night.  I was bored, heard Watkins was injured and played the game to see what happened.  He did look like an All-Pro backer out there.  Involved in just about every tackle, his interception was a thing of beauty.  He had the guy totally covered but the QB tried to sneak one in anyway.  I was a great throw, just that Shazier flashed range and stretch and pulled it down.  

I think he is the prototype linebacker for his time.  With Offenses looking to spread the field and force coverage wide and deep, I think it takes a backer with the speed of Shazier to defend that.  This isn't a knock by any stretch, just an observation, he doesn't seem to be looking to crush the runner/receiver, just bring them down.  So I don't think he's intimidating per se, just super efficient.  Crazy Bold Prediction:  If he avoids injury, I bet he makes All-Pro this year or next.

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Mortc15's picture

Agree with your comment and basically what you're saying is, he tackles the way you're supposed to tackle. If I'm a coach, I don't care about the huge or flashy hit. If you got them to the ground, and ended the play, that's all you need to do. 

Cant wait to watch RDS light it up for my steelers for hopefully many years to come! 

Buck-I4Life

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Young_Turk's picture

I didn't think of it that way, but yes, he does tackle the way you're supposed to tackle.  He gets the job done.  Not one of those risk/reward penny-stock tacklers, but like a blue-chip, double-indemnity high yield tacklers.  

Visually, he looks like a cat taking down prey.  

It's interesting to speculate how he would have done in the age of the fullback.  And, if he becomes the prototype ILB, I wonder if we're going to see that position eventually return.  It probably won't though, with all the regulation changes to avoid concussion syndrome.  

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OSUStu's picture

Unfortunately, big hits in today's NFL is make the refs flag happy. He can be very effective just tackling well and not drawing flags to hurt the team.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

northwest_buckeye's picture

I really hope the Browns do something foolish and start Manziel week 1 at Pittsburgh. I've been wanting to see RDS get his hands on Manziel for a looooong time.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

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Barnsey69's picture

This something like 1000 times^^^

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

hit_the_couch's picture

Shazier is a beast! Even though it's preseason, I feel the guy is gonna be a great NFL player. I'm still crying on the inside that he left a year early but wish him the best.

Pryor is so damn fast, and he's the size of a LB. It's been said by so many people and announcers over the years that it looks like he's barely moving when he runs because of his long stride.

I still hope the guy's arm improves and he finds success because I would love to see him line up for my Bengals and go in beast mode (instead of Dalton); he is from the 'cradle of quarterbacks' after all, and tOSU is still waiting to produce a premier NFL QB. 

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

thatlillefty's picture

Shazier is tearing it up at the NFL level. Just imagine having him one more year at tOSU. Just imagine!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Although it was against my Chargers - love seeing Terrelle kicking some ass!

RDS - DAMN!!!

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BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

RDS= Ryan Damn Shazier.

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TheToledoBuckeye's picture

Shazier is always in defensive beast mode!

"Buckeye, born and bred" - Cris Carter

M Man's picture

This would be a great offer if I didn't already have a Steelers #50 jersey:

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Shangheyed's picture

Any news on other draft picks or FA's?  How did they play this week OL hard to read but if anyone has any pancake blocks pls post those too!

droessl's picture

#25 for the Chargers thought he had the angle on TP.  

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Rob Reese's picture

I saw that too, and that was downright ugly.  So bad.  I hope he has a guaranteed deal signed and inked already..otherwise.........

TURD_BUCKET's picture

Shazier might give me a reason to watch some steelers games.

I'll get excited about TP when he goes against a first team defense and proves he can pass! Still nice to see him do well, though. And he is on a good team.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.”

Hovenaut's picture

I will cheer when RDS lays out Manziel, but will still root for the Browns to emerge victorious.

Damn you and your evil tricks, NFL. Damn you.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

+4 HS
whiskeyjuice's picture

Way to represent yourself and The Ohio State University!!!!!!!

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Fuzzbuck's picture

I see Ryan put Sammy Watkins out of the game last night with a hit. We needed that one in January.

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D-Day0043's picture

He probably should have been covering Watkins in the Orange Bowl. He would have done better than the secondary.

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Rob Reese's picture

Ryan killing it.  Glad to see he's going to start getting more nat'l recognition.

klfeck's picture

Good Lord is TP fast!!!!! Can we get him in a race against Usain Bolt?

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

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Vinsaniti's picture

Shazier is an absolute beast! Love to see him in the NFL just not in the black and yellow

buckeye1976's picture

Barring an injury, Shazier will out perform Khallil Mack this year. I haven't been sold on Mack being that good. I am a Raider fan and hopes he does well, but Shazier will have a better rookie season.

Gobucks2204's picture

Shazier plays preseason tonight against Philly. Hoping he gets 11 tackles in a quarter and a half again. Beast.

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