5 most valuable Steelers through first quarter of 2020 season

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T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (91). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Stephon Tuitt

I’m amazed that Stephon Tuitt hasn’t received more recognition this year for what is quickly turning out to be his most impressive performance since entering the league in 2014. The problem in the past for Tuitt has never been about talent; rather, whether or not he could stay on the football field for 16 games – something he hasn’t done since his rookie season.

Last year, Tuitt was on a rampage through the first five games of the season – outpacing All-Pro Cameron Heyward in most statistical departments. He continues that trend in 2020. While Heyward is in line for another impressive year after signing a lucrative new deal with the team this offseason, Tuitt’s play and production have been even more impressive.

As of now, the big defensive lineman is on pace to finish the season with 14.0 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, 40 quarterback hits, and 44 pressures. While it’s not fair to prorate a player’s statistics after just 4 games (especially when they didn’t come against the best of opponents) Tuitt continues to be the most underrated player in a Steelers uniform. He has been incredibly valuable to the team’s defensive success thus far this season.