4 Steelers that need a change of scenery in 2022 offseason
By Andrew Falce
Steelers Terrell Edmunds
Easily the Steelers player most in need of a new start, Terrell Edmunds has been a severely critiqued player ever since the team surprisingly drafted him in the first round. While a perceived reach, Edmunds has done everything you want out of a rookie. He has consistently developed each year and is now an average starter in the league. By all accounts, he has had a fine career to this point.
The problem is, for a first-round pick you wanted him to become more than a fine starter (and rightfully so). Some fans still claim Edmunds is a bust because of this (he isn’t, by the way), so a new team could be just what he needs. There, he isn’t trying to live up to a draft selection and would instead be focused on giving his all as a player with a fanbase that has less bias toward him.
The team is also at fault for his difficulties to an extent. Despite his mediocre coverage skills, the Steelers are insistent on moving Minkah Fitzpatrick around and dropping in Edmunds further and further into coverage. This is likely them expecting Edumds to hold up since he was a first-round pick. Next year, a new team will give Edmunds a home. With the lack of bias from the team that drafted him, don’t be surprised when a team gets a solid run-stopping safety from the Steelers next offseason.
While the Steelers have turned their season around over the past few weeks, there are still players that are struggling. At this point, a change in scenery is likely what they need to succeed long-term in the league. These four players need to find a change of scenery after the 2021 season.