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AFC Pro Bowl Recap, Day 2: For the Steelers’ defense, the plan for 2020 begins right now

It was the second day of Pro Bowl practice in Orlando, FL, and the Steelers who were in attendance are planning on using their time wisely.

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The Pro Bowl is meaningless. Everyone knows this, yet the game continues. Some argue the game should be played with flags on, considering no one is tackling and wanting to hurt another player, but on Sunday the AFC will square off against the NFC in what will be a difficult football game to watch.

While the game itself might be meaningless, don’t tell the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive nucleus who are in attendance in Orlando, FL the week leading up to the game doesn’t have meaning.

In fact, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden, T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward are planning on using the time to get together, evaluate 2019 and start preparing for 2020.

“These last couple of weeks after the season we had time to think about it, what I can do better, what we can do better as a team,” Fitzpatrick told Teresa Varley of “Me, Joe and T.J. are going to get together and talk and pick each other’s brains and think about what we can do better as leaders, teammates and a defense to improve our season, make the playoffs next year and continue to grow.”

It is fitting the only Steelers represented in the Pro Bowl were defensive players, and how the defense carried the team to their 8-8 record. But fans shouldn’t forget how both Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro were original Pro Bowl players before having to back out due to injuries.

The Steelers, and the rest of the Pro Bowl players, will be wrapping up their practices on Friday in preparation for the game on Sunday. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they continue throughout yet another lengthy offseason.