Steelers' T.J. Watt 'excited' to play alongside Melvin Ingram

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Steelers' T.J. Watt 'excited' to play alongside Melvin Ingram

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is thrilled to have defensive end Melvin Ingram on the team.  Ingram, who was drafted in the 2012 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, changed teams for the first time in his career this offseason when he signed with the Steelers.  “I am excited,” Watt told reporters.

“I worked with him during the Pro Bowl and I used to watch Chargers games when Derek [Watt] was playing in San Diego and Los Angeles. He’s just a player that has a lot of burst off the line of scrimmage. He’s got a phenomenal spin move and just seeing him in person, he is a colorful guy and I am excited to work with him.” Watt enjoyed watching Ingram many times and now he is happy to be able to play alongside the defensive end.  “I watched him a lot,” said Watt.

“I was able to watch a lot of their games. He’s one of the premier rushers in the league and I’ve watched a lot of his film and we connected at the Pro Bowl two or three years ago. He’s a great guy and a great player.

I am excited to have him here. “I am excited to have more depth, have a guy like Melvin in our rotation, in our room. A guy that I’ve watched a lot of over the years. A guy that I can learn a lot from too. Excited to have more depth, excited for our team.”

Like Watt, Mike Tomlin also excited 

Steelers head coach Tomlin believes Ingram will be a good fit with the Steelers.  “We’ve seen him a lot over the years.

Respectful of his body of work. But not only that, we were familiar with him in the draft. He’s one of those guys that fit the profile. We studied him and got to know him through the draft process. And usually those are the guys that we end up doubling back to and having an interest in when they’re available in in free agency.

So it makes the process and easy one.” Tomlin said. “We also had the opportunity in ‘17 when we coached the Pro Bowl, we had him down in Orlando and really got to know him some in that setting as well. So we felt really comfortable that he’s going to be an easy fit as a man and as a player.”