5 dream scenarios for Pittsburgh Steelers in 2023

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4. T.J. Watt returns to DPOY form

This one isn't unrealistic, but much of this is contingent upon the health of Pittsburgh's best player. T.J. Watt was named the Defensive Player of the Year following the 2021 season in which he recorded 22.5 sacks. However, he was dealing with hip, knee, and groin injuries on and off during that season.

The last time he was fully healthy was in 2020, and if we aren't just box score checking, his two best seasons have come in 2019 and 2020 when he earned All-Pro honors in each year. We are now a few seasons removed from that, and Watt will turn 29 years old just a month into the season. However, he can return to form.

Watt clearly wasn't up to speed when he returned from his pectoral injury in Week 10 following his stint on IR last season, but he looked like himself by the end of the year. If he can stay healthy throughout the 2023 season, there's little doubt that he will return to DPOY form.

The impact of this would stretch far beyond personal accolades. Not only would Watt continue to build up his potential Hall of Fame resume, but his impact could catapult Pittsburgh into the playoffs. Just having a healthy T.J. Watt is a dream scenario for the Steelers in 2023 that will give them a real chance to compete.