There’s an “under-the-radar” player on the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ roster that CBS Sports thinks could have a breakout year in 2022.
CBS Sports listed Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth this week as a player who could turn into a star this upcoming season.
Pat Freiermuth finished with seven touchdowns for the Steelers last year as a top red zone threat in the offense. His seven receiving touchdowns were tied for the fourth-most by a rookie tight end in NFL history and he’s the fifth tight end with 60 receptions in his rookie season.
I could definitely see Freiermuth turning into a household name in 2022. Or at least becoming a favorite of fantasy football aficionados.
Freiermuth, who was a second-round pick by Pittsburgh in the 2021 NFL Draft, had a solid rookie season last year.
The former Penn State standout caught 60 passes for 497 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. Not eye-popping numbers, but pretty good for a rookie tight end (it’s a tough position to learn in the NFL because of so many responsibilities).
Freiermuth should benefit from playing with a young quarterback in either Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett, who will likely look his way often. He’ll also benefit from Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada finally running his full offense, which he wasn’t able to do last season with Ben Roethlisberger.
When Canada was the Pittsburgh Panthers’ offensive coordinator in 2016, their second-leading receiver was a tight end. We could see a similar situation with the Steelers in 2022, especially since two of Pittsburgh’s top wide receiver options (after Dionatae Johnson and Chase Claypool) are rookies (George Pickens and Calvin Austin III).
I don’t know if Freiermuth will reach a Pro-Bowl in 2022, but I bet a lot more people will know his name by the end of the year.
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