6 Steelers who have flashed the potential to be elite
By Andrew Falce
Steelers Pat Freiermuth
One of the bigger surprises out of the rookie class has been just how effective Pat Freiermuth has been on the offense. While long-term the goal was for him to start, rookie tight ends typically take a season or two to develop before they can be relied on regularly. While Freiermuth is far from elite, he has flashed the ability to be a safety valve for the offense, and long-term, he could contend as one of the best all-around tight ends in the league.
While not the receiving threat like Darren Waller, Freiermuth’s game more resembles a young George Kittle or Travis Kelce. While not the athlete either are (he is average at best), he can chip in as a blocker and rarely drops a pass. While he won’t be seen as elite during his rookie season, he is far ahead on his development than most thought he would be.
Assuming he makes the sophomore jump that most tight ends do, Freiermuth could be a top tight end as early as next season. While his athleticism will never make him the best, the Steelers seemingly got a good one in Freiermuth. He is already heavily relied on and should be a staple for this passing offense for the next few years.