The Steelers welcome the return of defensive end Stephon Tuitt, whom Butler refers to as a “wild stallion” because of the disruptive manner with which he plays on the front line. Tuitt was the defense’s most dominant player last season until he sustained a season-ending pectoral muscle tear in Week 6.

He couples size with athleticism and agility, giving the Steelers’ one of the best defensive-end tandems in the league along with two-time All-Pro Cam Heyward. They are also among the two highest paid defensive ends in the league — or will be when Heyward is eventually signed to a contract extension that has been put on hold.

“We have a lot of guys on the field that can get sideline to sideline very quickly,” Tuitt said. “That enables us to do a lot of things within our defense that many other defenses probably can’t do with the type of unique skill set that a lot of our players have.”

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