5 Steelers that had surprisingly great 2020 seasons

Terrell Edmunds #34 and Mike Hilton #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Terrell Edmunds #34 and Mike Hilton #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Here are the five Steelers that had surprisingly good seasons in 2020

The Steelers had historically their best start this season when they won their first 11 games. While the end of the year was a bitter pill to swallow, the team still had a plethora of players that exceeded what many people thought that they would. While it was hard to trim this list to just five players, the ones below not only had some of the better seasons but also had lower expectations than a typical star (TJ Watt did not make this list as his dominant season was expected, as an example). With that said, here are the five Steelers that had the most surprisingly good seasons from 2020.

Mike Hilton

While expectations for Mike Hilton was his usual solid self, he really seemed to take his gameplay to the next level. Despite suffering through some injuries, Hilton was easily the most disruptive player in the secondary next to Minkah Fitzpatrick. In the 12 games, he was healthy for, Hilton posted a career-high three interceptions to go along with an impressive three sacks. For a defensive back, those numbers are extremely impressive.

Hilton has always been a great run defender. It was his calling card in college, and it was what ultimately got him onto the roster in the first place. That was on display once again this season, as Hilton was one of the best run defenders on the entire team. This season though, his coverage really took a step up. In total, he only allowed a quarterback rating of 60.2, a nearly elite number for a player in the secondary.

While it seems likely that Hilton gets paid and leaves the Steelers this season, he certainly put his best football on display this season. He has earned a big contract, even if it means he is playing for a new team. While no one was expecting him to flop this year, he easily had his best season as a pro. He took his game to a new level despite the high expectations he already had.