PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Final season, the Steelers safeties helped contribute to a protection that collected 25 interceptions ok for second within the NFL, solely behind the New England Patriots.
In 2020, Minkah Fitzpatrick returns at free security.
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 10: Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with teammates after recovering a fumble for a 43 yard landing throughout the second quarter towards the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Subject on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photograph by Joe Sargent/Getty Pictures)
In Week 9 towards Indianapolis, Fitzpatrick returned an interception 96 yards for a landing within the Steelers 26-24 victory over the Colts.
With camp set to start out this week, listed below are the safeties on the 90-man roster:
Antoine Brooks Jr., Rookie (Maryland)
John Battle, 1st Season
Tyree Kinnel, 1st Season
Marcus Allen, 2nd Season
Minkah Fitzpatrick, third Season
Terrell Edmunds, third Season
Jordan Dangerfield, 4th Season
Projected ‘Starter on Sundays’: Minkah Fitzpatrick (free security), Terrell Edmunds (sturdy security)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is sacked by Terrell Edmunds #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers within the first half throughout the recreation at Heinz Subject on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photograph by Justin Okay. Aller/Getty Pictures)
After coming to Pittsburgh in a Week three commerce with the Miami Dolphins, Fitzpatrick, the third-year man out of Alabama thrived in Black and Gold. He tallied 44 tackles, 5 interceptions, and compelled two fumbles. He additionally accounted for the Steelers solely pick-six of 2019. The free security place is in good fingers, to say the least.
Terrell Edmunds additionally enters his third season within the league, and third with the Steelers. He’s seen time in all 32 video games since being chosen by 28th total in 2018. Edmunds boasted a season-high 10 tackles towards his brother Tremaine’s Buffalo Payments in Week 16.
Edmunds will doubtless share time with Dangerfield, however will doubtless get the beginning spot after ending with 71 tackles, falling one in need of the team-high held by Devin Bush.
Reserves: Marcus Allen (free security), Jordan Dangerfield (sturdy security)
Dangerfield hung out within the line-up, sharing snaps with Edmunds. In three seasons, he’s stepped onto the sector in 46 video games. Final season, he pressured a fumble within the Week 9 win towards Indianapolis.
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 13: Defensive again Jordan Dangerfield #37 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts throughout the fourth quarter towards the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park on October 13, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photograph by Katharine Lotze/Getty Pictures)
Dangerfield would be the major back-up at security.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Marcus Allen #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Reggie Bonnafon #39 of the Carolina Panthers throughout their preseason recreation at Bank of America Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photograph by Streeter Lecka/Getty Pictures)
Allen noticed motion as soon as final season backing up the gifted Fitzpatrick. He’ll look to stay a dependable asset who can come off the sideline in a pinch.
Battling for a Spot: Antoine Brooks Jr. (security)
Resulting from an unconventional low season, rookie Antoine Brooks Jr. introduced he signed his first NFL contract with the Steelers final Wednesday on Instagram. Brooks Jr., the sixth-round draft decide, was named second-team All-Large Ten in 2018 and 2019 as a security and linebacker on the College of Maryland.
Brooks Jr. ought to break the 53-man roster however may very well be utilized in a wide range of roles on account of his versatility.
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