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Could Minkah Fitzpatrick be a future defensive player of the year?

Day 10 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring Trey Edmunds, B.J. Finney, and Minkah Fitzpatrick

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Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:


Trey Edmunds

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Position: Running Back/Fullback
Age: 26
Year: 4
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 223
Drafted: UDFA 2017 (Saints)
College: Maryland
Roster Outlook: Doubtful — Veteran Practice squad option
Analysis:

The Steelers running back room will be dominated by the usual names. Najee Harris will be the bell cow, Anthony McFarland will be the change of pace guy, and either Benny Snell Jr. or Kalen Ballage will be the short yardage back. Heck, Jaylen Samuels could even be a wing option, and Derek Watt is entrenched as the Steelers starting fullback. Trey Edmunds has faced these odds of making the team before, and was a player that was routinely cut and re-signed depending on injuries and roster transactions. I anticipate 2021 will be much of the same for the lesser known Edmunds brother.


B.J. Finney

Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers

Position: Center/Guard
Age: 29
Year: 6
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 318
Drafted: UDFA 2015
College: Kansas State
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

The Steelers offensive line is very much in transition. They will have a brand new starting five combination, and while the interior three spots look to come down to Kevin Dotson, Kendrick Green, and Trai Turner, B.J. Finney will be the top backup behind all three of them. Finney may even have an opportunity to start early in the year before Kendrick Green is ready to go. It is also worth noting Finney struggled mightily on both of Seattle’s and Cincinnati’s offensive line in 2020 so don’t hold your breath we will be getting the same player we remember.


Minkah Fitzpatrick

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images

Position: Safety
Age: 24
Year: 4
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 207
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 11, 2018 (Dolphins)
College: Alabama
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

What is left to be said about Minkah Fitzpatrick. You could argue he could push T.J. Watt as the best player on the team, or maybe even argue him as the best safety in football. All in all the Steelers dealing for Fitzpatrick completely changed this team for the better. If the Steelers are able to move Fitzpatrick around more as the years go by, and his turnover totals pile up he could be another player that hoists the defensive player of the year award. He will also be an integral piece on another Steelers Super Bowl run.


Be sure to check back everyday for anther ‘trifecta’ of Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles listed below so you don’t miss a thing.