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Robert Spillane is 'excited' to play next to Devin Bush this year


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Inside linebacker Devin Bush suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Week 6 against the Browns last year, so Robert Spillane didn't have many opportunities to play next to Bush. This year, Spillane is projected to be the starting inside linebacker opposite of Bush and he's looking forward to playing with the athletic specimen.


"Adding a guy like Devin back to any team is a major attribute," Spillane told the media after today's OTAs practice. "He is one of the top inside linebackers in the league. He can rush the passer, play the rundowns and also cover people. He is an all-around player, a guy you love to have on your team. He would make any team better. Getting him back is such a huge improvement to our already dominant 2020 defense.


"I am just so excited to play next to him. I didn't get many snaps next to him last year. Just to be on the field with him. We communicate well. We are good teammates to each other. I am very excited to get back on the field with him."


While Bush is still recovering from his ACL injury and working on a limited basis, Spillane says they still have been able to build chemistry with one another.


"We have also been working through walkthroughs which is good for our communication as well," Spillane said. "One thing me and Devin also have is communication off the field. We've been talking about this since the end of last season. We have an understanding with each other. We understand each other's skillsets. We're both very excited to get on the field together. I know he is gnawing at the bit to get back out there. He has been working his tail off all offseason, since the second he got injured, to come back and be the best linebacker he can be. I know that we'll figure out anything that goes on through the season like any two inside linebackers do."