With the NFL season almost underway, here are four secret weapons that the Steelers must utilize during the 2022 season.
NFL rosters are becoming more and more versatile as the game has progressed. This means players are less confined to positions and even some backups can still find steady production in the league.
For the Steelers, their roster is filled with potential players that can sneakily be impact players this year. Here are the team’s four secret weapons heading into the new NFL season.
Steelers secret weapon #1
A player who was quickly linked to the team given his brother; Connor Heyward is an interesting fit for this new-look Steelers offense. While he is listed as a tight end, he has the body of a running back and the ability of a versatile full-back. The team will have to get creative with him if they want to get the most out of him.
That said, a Matt Canada offense may be just what the doctor ordered for Heyward. The team has become less reliant on three traditional tight ends in recent seasons, so Heyward can occupy that final tight end spot while wearing a lot of hats as a player on game day. He can lead block, take carries, and catch passes en route to becoming a true offensive weapon.
This won’t happen overnight, and Heyward will have to earn his chops on special teams before he has a shot at offensive snaps, but once he has gotten comfortable, he should become an offensive weapon. The Steelers have never really gotten much out of a player like Heyward, but this new offense should fit him well. He can attack a defense in a variety of ways and could become a valuable chess piece this season.