With a chance to take on his old team, one Pittsburgh Steelers defender could be looking to make a big impact.
Fresh off a bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers return to action this week to take on the Miami Dolphins in a game that should be seen as an easy win. It can be dangerous to take wins for granted, but at the end of the day, the Steelers are a team looking to make a run while the Dolphins are one of the least talented teams in NFL history. That said, this game does have some hidden meaning, particularly for one Steelers player in particular. Minkah Fitzpatrick, the former Dolphins first-rounder, will be playing his former team for the first time in a game that should have some extra meaning. While not technically a “revenge game” because Fitzpatrick is the one who requested the trade, expect the young safety to still look to make a statement.
Since joining the Steelers, Fitzpatrick has been exciting, helping lead a complete defensive turnaround in Pittsburgh. The talent has always been there, but it seems that, with a change in his surroundings, came a change in attitude for Fitzpatrick. In Miami, Fitzpatrick’s role was constantly changing, and it led to some major frustration. He ultimately felt that the team wasn’t putting him in the best position to succeed, instead, playing him out of position and intentionally tearing down the roster around him. It quickly became clear that Fitzpatrick wanted out of Miami, and luckily, the Steelers pounced.
Again, this isn’t really a “revenge game”, but it should be an opportunity to Fitzpatrick to show his old team what they are missing out on. In their attempt to lose games and improve their draft position, the Dolphins eliminated some of their most promising, young players in the process. Expect Minkah to make them regret almost derailing his career.