3 quietly overrated Pittsburgh Steelers from the 2022 season
The Pittsburgh Steelers got some quality performances out of veterans in 2022, but here are three quietly overrated players getting more credit than they deserve.
We all know that the Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of roster improvements to make if they want to compete for a Super Bowl in the near future. While plenty of veterans have played their part to get this team back on track in the second half of the 2022 season, some have drawn more praise for their efforts than what should be warranted.
The Steelers dished out a lot of money in free agency last offseason, but the changes to their team weren’t nearly as drastic as we would have hoped for. Though some additions were excellent, others still seem to be replaceable players as we head into the 2023 offseason. Here are three quietly overrated Steelers players from the 2022 season.
3. Steelers CB Levi Wallace
Levi Wallace signed a very reasonable two-year, $8 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers last offseason, so I certainly can’t complain or say that he didn’t earn his keep. However, I think that some are making Wallace out to be a better player than he actually is.
The 4 interceptions he recorded last year were admittedly nice, but that’s just one sliver of the pie in the evaluation process. Wallace was inconsistent in coverage and was beaten often by faster receivers. As a result, he gave up 650 yards and a cringe-worthy 15.9 yards per reception last season. This resulted in an unspectacular 59.3 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus.
Don’t get me wrong, Wallace is a solid football player. But it’s naive to believe that Pittsburgh doesn’t need to upgrade at the CB position. Wallace should be viewed as a quality depth option and stop-gap starter in a pinch, not the answer to their issues at the cornerback position.