The Steelers expect that the 2020 additions will contribute to the success of the franchise
So I did not use the word ‘hope’ in the above sentence because hope is not a plan; a plan is a plan. The Steelers entered both free agency and the draft with a plan. That plan included signing free agents to fill obvious voids at key positions.
That plan continued during the draft when the Steelers drafted six players whom they believe, I assume, will be positive contributors to the success during the 2020 season. The assumption here is that the Steelers will have a successful 2020 campaign. I would dare say that we have never gone into a season thinking that it would not be a successful one.
To answer the question that was posed at the beginning of the article, we first have to acknowledge that by using the word ‘will’, it was, for all intents and purposes, a hypothetical question, the answer to which is also hypothetical. We can probably get to some reality by looking at the players whom we drafted and signed in free agency and trying to figure out where they might fit in.
The Steelers added speed at both the WR TE and RB positions; we added productivity at the linebacker position; we added strength and toughness on the offensive line; the Steelers added a potential playmaker in the secondary and added depth to the defensive line.
So will all of the players whom we discussed have an immediate impact? I don’t know. Will any of the players whom we discussed have an immediate impact? I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: The Steelers can not afford for the latter to happen. We need the former to come to fruition.
If the former does come to pass, the 2020 season will be yet another successful one for our Steelers.