5 most valuable Steelers through first quarter of 2020 season
1. T.J. Watt
Moving forward, no player is going to be more valuable to this team than T.J. Watt. While Roethlisberger’s impact will always trump Watt’s because of the position he plays, the Steelers have a Defensive Player of the Year candidate for the second straight season.
Watt is currently owning opposing offenses, and he’s on track to have some numbers that rival his big brother J.J. Watt back in his record-setting seasons. Through four games, Watt is on pace to compile 18.0 sacks, 32 tackles for a loss, 52 quarterback hits, and 80 pressures. While it’s not fair to expect this insane production to continue quite like this, anything close should fetch him Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Watt is the engine that makes this defense go, and without him, I think you would see a noticeable dropoff in play. He demands constant attention from opposing offenses and he excels in all he does. Watt is not only the most valuable player on the Steelers through the first quarter of the season but one of the most valuable players in the league.
We are hoping that other household names like Minkah Fitzpatrick, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Devin Bush could earn their way on this list by the end of the season, but it’s hard to be disappointed with how these five players have been so far for the Steelers in 2020.