The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off the 2020 NFL Draft after adding six players to their offseason roster. In case you live under a rock, here are the players who were added:
Round 2 - Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Round 3 - Alex Highsmith, OLB, Charlotte
Round 4 - Kevin Dotson, OG, Louisiana
Round 4 - Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland
Round 6 - Antoine Brooks, S/LB, Maryland
Round 7 - Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska
With the moves which have been made, fans are actually gaining confidence in the team heading into the 2020 season. The SB Nation FanPulse crew has continued to poll fans regarding their overall confidence level, especially after the draft has been conducted.
The latest FanPulse results certainly paint a pretty accurate photo of how fans truly feel:
Considering fan confidence was around 60% at the end of the team’s 8-8 2019 season, 70% after the initial wave of free agency, the fact they are now above 80% shows fans are starting to gain confidence in where the team is headed.
Could fan confidence continue to grow? Absolutely it could with the hope of Ben Roethlisberger returning to full health. While offseason workouts like minicamp and Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are in jeopardy, due to the coronavirus pandemic, those events would help solidify Roethlisberger’s overall health. In the meantime, fans will have to bank on the media/team to provide updates on Roethlisberger and his overall progress back to the field.
Does fan confidence hinge on just one player? For the Steelers, 2019 proved that indeed can be the case. With Roethlisberger in the lineup, and an improved defense, the Steelers should be considered a contender. Without No. 7 they would be considered nothing more than pretenders.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they continue through Free Agency and prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
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