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Steelers News: Minkah Fitzpatrick makes the NFL under 25 team

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Unable to attend most player pro days and participating in the NFL’s first virtual draft, the Steelers keep pushing forward toward a return to football activities. Just because the Steelers are unable to hold their typical OTA’s doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at the Steelers’ representative on NFL.com’s All-Under 25 list.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of the NFL young superstars

Steelers Land One Member of All-Under 25 Team

By: Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

The youngest roster in football? NFL.com’s Marc Sessler created the 2020 All-Under 25 Team, combing the league’s youngest stars into one extraordinary roster.

Led by Patrick Mahomes at quarterback and Saquon Barkley in the backfield, the offense of the Under-25 Team would give any ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ the run for its money.

On the defensive side, Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick represents the city of Pittsburgh as the only member of the roster.

Fitzpatrick joins New York JetsJamal Adams and Los Angeles ChargersDerwin James as the three safeties to make the team. Fitzpatrick and Adams were listed as safeties while James was honored as a flex position.

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  • Roethlisberger’s stats have him tops for the Steelers, and approaching those for the NFL

Numbers add up for Roethlisberger in 2020

By: Dale Lolley, DK Pittsburgh Sports

There’s no question the Steelers missed Ben Roethlisberger in 2019. Their passing offense went from being one of the league’s best in 2018, to 31st in 2019.

But there also was a feeling the Steelers had thrown the ball too much in 2018, when Roethlisberger topped the NFL in passing yardage with 5,129 yards as the team threw the ball two out of every three plays.

It’s unlikely the Steelers will throw the ball that much again in 2020 with Roethlisberger returning from an elbow injury that required season-ending surgery after just six quarters of play. There is, however, an expectation the team’s passing offense will be much improved, a point every veteran who has spoken over the past few weeks has been quick to reference.

“It’s Big Ben. He’s great,” second-year wide receiver Diontae Johnson said last week.

“That’s my guy. We’ve got big things to do this year, trying to win the Super Bowl together.”

Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was equally as effusive in his praise.

“He’s a great player, a playmaker,” Fitzpatrick said of Roethlisberger. “But also, I saw throughout last year, just him being around the team, he’s a great leader. I like being around him. I like hearing from him. He has a lot of experience and wisdom to share. He’s going to keep being himself, even though he was injured. He’s going to go out and compete and challenge even myself, even though I’m a defensive player. He’s going to go out and make everyone else better like he’s been doing for the past however many seasons.”

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  • The Steelers are scheduled to have six games against former Heisman-winning quarterbacks

Once very rare, games vs. former Heisman QBs now the norm for Steelers

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsbugh Tribune-Review

The Pittsburgh Steelers once went 13 years between regular-season games against a former Heisman Trophy-winning starting quarterback. This fall, starting with Baker Mayfield’s scheduled Oct. 18 appearance at Heinz Field, the longest Heisman reprieve the rest of the season could be a mere two games.

With a Heisman winner atop the QB depth chart for each of their AFC North rivals, the Steelers are scheduled for six games against teams led by an owner of one of those iconic trophies.

Assuming no injuries or benchings, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow, Cleveland BrownsBaker Mayfield and Baltimore RavensLamar Jackson are projected to start at quarterback twice each against the Steelers between Weeks 6-17.

After facing a Heisman quarterback five times last season, it could mean 11 former Heisman winners in a 29-game span for the Steelers.

“It’s definitely fun playing against those guys,” free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said, “playing against guys like Lamar, Baker and soon-to-be Joe Burrow. We’ve got to step up to the plate and make sure we’re on our A-plus-plus game.”

Less than five months after LSU’s Burrow won the Heisman Trophy, the Bengals took him with the top pick in this year’s draft. Two years earlier, and after he won the Heisman at Oklahoma, Mayfield went No. 1 overall to the Browns. Jackson, who won the 2016 Heisman for Louisville, went 31 picks later to the Ravens.

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