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Steelers DL Keeanu Benton against the Baltimore Ravens, Oct. 8, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

🏈 In Steelers News, T.J. Watt doesn’t see himself going into the media once his career is over like his brother J.J. He’d rather be a defensive line coach at a high school,

“(J.J.) is good at everything – public speaking in front of a camera…It’s not for me. I don’t love doing a whole bunch of interviews and things,” Watt said on Green Light with Chris Long podcast. “When I’m done, I’ve always said I’d love for Derek – my middle brother – to be like a head football coach and I can just be like a D-line coach for high school or something. I think that’d be my lane…But I don’t wanna be the head guy.”

T.J. Watt gave high praise to teammate and fellow Wisconsin Badger Keeanu Benton. He told Chris Long that Benton makes life a lot easier for him as an edge rusher.

“As an edge rusher, when you can get that interior push it makes life so much easier for us, and to be able to really burn the corner, knowing that the quarterback’s not gonna be able to step up makes life a lot easier for us,” Watt said. “Having a guy, that’s 300-310 plus pounds, be able to move like (Benton) does…He’s been playing some really good football for us and it’s not just in the pass game, he’s playing the run really well. I don’t want to talk about too much to get his head to bigger, but he is playing some really good football.”

🏈 In the Mike Tomlin era, the Steelers are 23-8-2 (74%) ATS as underdogs in division games. The Browns are currently 4-point favorites against the Steelers on Sunday. 

Alex Highsmith has recorded 19 sacks since the start of the 2022 season, which ranks ninth among all defenders in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

Check out Jaylen Warren’s highlights from his 101-yard rushing performance against the Packers on Sunday.

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