5 biggest takeaways from Pittsburgh Steelers 2023 offseason

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As previously mentioned, two of the best tools for helping a rookie quarterback are a strong running game and a stingy defense. The Steelers have maintained a strong defense, despite having to rotate different players around their stars (T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cam Heyward). This offseason, Khan was incredibly aggressive in filling out the defense with established veterans like Patrick Peterson, Cole Holcomb, Elandon Roberts, and Keanu Neal. 

Khan also added some physical defenders in the draft. They added Joey Porter Jr. and Keeanu Benton in the second round and Nick Herbig and Cory Trice Jr. on Day 3. All of these defenders are very physical, tough players that will fit in well in the AFC North. 

Pittsburgh continued their strategy of finding “punch you in the mouth” guys on offense as well. As previously mentioned, they revamped the offensive line with maulers and added an alien freakazoid tight end that can seal the edge against almost anyone. At a time when everyone in the NFL is getting smaller and faster, the Steelers are going the opposite way by going bigger and stronger.