AFC Defensive Player Week 8 – Stephon Tuitt

Stephon Tuitt was honoured as the AFC Defensive Player for week 8. Against the Ravens, Tuitt had 8 solo tackles, one assist, 2 sacks and 3 quarterback hurries.

“This wasn’t our best defensive performance game, at all, but those two drives that we did those stops on were the most important,” said Tuitt. “We were in an adversity situation and we overcame it. They’re a good team. We need to do better defensively in these moments, and we will.

“They’re a good team. They’re a great team, not just a good team –they’re a great team. To come here, away, and to steal a win, especially against a tough opponent and a division opponent like the Ravens, is big.

Coming off an injury hit 2019, the seven-year veteran has begun to fulfil the promise that showed when the Steelers signed him to a $60 million contract in 2017.

Before the Dallas game, Tuitt had six sacks on the season and 17 quarterback hits. Former Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke described Tuitt in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as extremely athletic, a cat-like quickness, a motor that doesn’t stop and a great feel for the game.

Hoke puts Tuitt on the same high level as Cam Heyward and that is a good sign as the Steelers continue their unbeaten season.