3 early and shockingly bold predictions for the Steelers in 2023

  • T.J. Watt could break his own record this year
  • Pat Freiermuth could join elite company

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2. Pat Freiermuth earns All-Pro honors

Perhaps more difficult than T.J. Watt breaking his own single-season sack record would be Pat Freiermuth earning All-Pro honors in 2022. It's not that Freiermuth is incapable of such an accomplishment, but when you consider what he has to go up against this year, this makes this an exceedingly bold prediction.

For starters, Freiermuth will be working against some legendary tight ends for this title -- none bigger than future Hall of Famer, Travis Kelce. The four-time First-Team All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion has not earned fewer than 1,000 since his third NFL season all the way back in 2015, per Pro Football Reference. He's clearly the front-runner again this year.

Kelce isn't the only tight end who could presumably secure this honor. George Kittle is still fantastic when healthy, while Mark Andrews always throws his name in the mix. Additionally, players like Kyle Pitts, Dallas Goedert, or T.J. Hockinson could even be in contention this year.

Volume could be the biggest factor in determining whether or not Pat Freiermuth could reach All-Pro status. The Pittsburgh Steelers intend to run the ball as much as possible. This may not leave Freiermuth with a ton of opportunities in the passing game. He will need to be extremely efficient with his targets and it may require the frontrunners to miss a few games, but earning All-Pro honors isn't completely out of the question in 2023.