After having some lag time recently in between the reports of the Steelers signing a player and the team making it official, the latest addition to the Pittsburgh Steelers has been announced less than 48 hours after it was reported Armon Watts was coming to Pittsburgh.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft out of Arkansas by the Minnesota Vikings, Armon Watts appeared in seven games with one starts his rookie season. In three years with the Vikings, Watts appeared in 40 games and had 10 starts with nine coming in 2021. Watts’ top season in 2021 saw him tally 5.0 sacks on 10 quarterback with 46 tackles. In his three seasons in Minnesota, Watts had 90 tackles, 13 quarterback hits, 7.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one pass defensed.
After failing to make the Vikings 53-man roster in 2022, Watts was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears where he appeared in 17 games with 12 starts. In his one season in Chicago, Watts had 35 tackles, four of which were for loss, and one sack.
Watts joins a defensive line group which already consists of eight players ahead of the 2023 NFL draft:
As the Steelers have done in the past, they are assembling quite a deep defensive line group in which players will have to fight their way onto the field for playing time. Even with the addition of Breiden Fehoko and Armon Watts within the last two weeks, the Steelers are not out of the running for selecting another defensive lineman in the upcoming 2023 NFL draft.
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