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ESPN gives Steelers S Minkah Fitzpatrick the recognition he deserves

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When it comes to ranking defensive backs, it’s often the things that don’t show up in the box score that matter the most. This has been the case for Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick since coming to the Steelers via a trade with the Miami Dolphins in 2019.

But if you want the true measure of a player, ask the guys who work with them. ESPN did this when they asked NFL executives, coaches and players to rank the best safeties in the NFL. Guys who understand the value of a player like Fitzpatrick and it showed. They ranked Fitzpatrick No. 1 among safeties in the league.

Here’s what they had to say about their placement of Fitzpatrick.

“Most complete safety in the game,” a high-ranking NFL official said. “Elite instincts, athleticism, processor, field vision, positional flexibility, production in deep part of the field, [and] can cover man-to-man. Can do it all.”

One member of the panel ranked Fitzpatrick seventh on their list which does make one curious who the six guys were they had ahead of him.

This season the pressure is on Fitzpatrick even more with losses in the Steelers secondary including cornerbacks Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson.

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