Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was recognized this week for his impressive performance in his team’s week one win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fitzpatrick was named the AFC defensive player of the week on Wednesday.
Week 1 Players of the Week— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2022
Offense: QB Patrick Mahomes, KC
Defense: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, PIT
ST: K Cade York, CLE
Offense: RB Saquon Barkley, NYG
Defense: LB Uchenna Nwosu, SEA
ST: CB Zech McPhearson, PHI
This certainly shouldn’t come as a surprise — Fitzpatrick played out of his mind against the Bengals. It’s fair to say that he was the player most responsible for the Steelers’ 23-20 win.
The former Alabama standout had 14 total tackles to go along with a pick-six that put the Steelers up 7-0 just a little over two minutes into the game. That play set the tone for the day (and the tone for the day was that Joe Burrow’s life was a living hell).
Minkah Fitzpatrick vs the Bengals:— PFF (@PFF) September 12, 2022
⭐️ 64 coverage snaps
⭐️ 24 yards allowed
⭐️ 1 Pick Six
⭐️ 1 XP Block
⭐️ 90.6 PFF Grade pic.twitter.com/yaK1PVh6ze
Fitzpatrick signed a mega extension with Pittsburgh earlier this offseason (four-year for $73.6 million, including $36 million in guaranteed money).
Anytime a player signs a big extension, the pressure turns up a little. There’s more scrutiny.
Fitzpatrick, however, quickly proved that he was more than deserving of the rich extension the Steelers gave him. He’s going to be a big reason why Pittsburgh makes a playoff run this season.
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