After missing 10 days with a knee injury, the first-round pick out of Ohio State didn't miss a beat. He was all over the field early in the Steelers' 19-16 preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.
The linebacker made four tackles on the Bills' opening drive alone and, for good measure, made a solo tackle on the next kickoff.
Then came his first career interception, and, boy, was it a beauty. Shazier displayed everything coaches have been raving about: speed, hip turn, route concepts, ball skills. In essence, the 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker looked like a safety:
"His pass coverage is awesome," Timmons added, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "You saw the tackles; he was making tackles left and right. He has the pedigree. He has all the talent and the intangibles you want in an inside linebacker."