The Steelers gravy: Minkah Fitzpatrick
This might seem a little unfair, but I genuinely think this is high praise for Minkah Fitzpatrick. This is also my important list of food comparisons to Steelers players, so know your role!
The Steelers added Fitzpatrick via trade a few seasons ago, and he has become a core piece of an otherwise mediocre secondary for most of his tenure. He is best as a pure free safety, but he can play in the box or in the slot. He covers a lot of area in the backfield of the defense, and you can often find him assisting in big plays.
Gravy, more often than not, is not going to define a plate of food. That said, gravy can make a bad plate of food tolerable and a great plate of food even better. This is especially so when the gravy is properly made as opposed to being store-bought. I bet you all will struggle to find people not dumping gravy onto their plates even if the food is good.
Fitzpatrick is the same type of player. While a star-free safety on his own won’t necessarily make an elite defense, he will always add to a team. You can use him traditionally and sparingly on just your potatoes (as a deep safety) or all over your plate to elevate food.
Gravy can be a type of fix-all. Turkey is dry? Add gravy. Stuffing lacking flavor? Add some gravy. Like a gravy, Fitzpatrick can be used all over a defense to fix issues. His versatility and talent can cover up deficiencies, and even if it results in some unlikely pairings/lineups, Fitzpatrick can do it all just like a good gravy should be able to do.