Minkah Fitzpatrick of the Pittsburgh Steelers was named as “the best safety” in the NFL according to an ESPN Insider poll.
Steelers fans consider, Minkah Fitzpatrick, as an integral part of the Steeler’s defense. So integral that the Steelers elected to exercise the fifth-year option, guaranteeing him $10.612 million in 2022. To add to his importance a select group of 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players recently identified him the best safety in the league in an ESPN NFL Insider poll.
“It’s his instincts, and he’s finally comfortable—they are playing him in the right spot,” added one NFC coach. “He studies, he knows first and second reads, and his return ability is elite.”
“Most complete safety in the game,” said another high-ranking NFL official. “Elite instincts, athleticism, processor, field vision, positional flexibility, production in the deep part of the field, [and] can cover man-to-man. Can do it all.”
Fitzpatrick also has the stats to back up the claims made by the focus group.
“He posted a league-best 45.5% completion percentage allowed when the nearest defender last season, along with a 60.2 passer rating,” notes ESPN Staff Writer Jeremy Fowler.
Fitzpatrick will earn $2.723 million in salary for the 2021 season.
One member of the group said that Kevin Colbert, who himself was recently named the best General Manager in the league, best move as the Steeler general manager was to trade for Fitzpatrick.
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