CBS Sports recently named a non-quarterback that each NFL team can’t afford to lose and their choice for the Pittsburgh Steelers was a no-brainer.

Cody Benjamin, an NFL writer for CBS Sports, named pass rusher TJ Watt as the non-quarterback that Pittsburgh can’t afford to lose.

From CBS Sports:

Pittsburgh runs on its defense, and while there are certainly other veterans who could help make up for Watt’s potential loss (i.e. Cameron HeywardMinkah Fitzpatrick), few NFL edge rushers are as consistently threatening. Watt is working toward a fifth straight 13-sack season and hasn’t logged fewer than 35 QB hits since 2018.

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Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) reacts during the first half in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Watt, the defending NFL defensive player of the year, has been one of the most consistent players in the league over the last several seasons.

The Wisconsin native has only been in the NFL for five seasons, but he already has 72 career sacks. Last season was his best season yet, as Watt finished the year with 22.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss.

There’s an argument to be made that Watt is the best non-quarterback in the NFL. If he has another season in 2022 like he did in 2021, that won’t be much of an argument anymore — it will just be accepted as fact.

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