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What will be the role of Derek Watt in Pittsburgh?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Chargers fullback Derek Watt to a two-year deal worth $3.25 million per year late Tuesday evening.

A signing that some Steelers fans did not see coming but will grow to love once the NFL season kicks off later this year. So why did the Steelers sign Derek who, if you did not know, is the brother of Steelers pro-bowler TJ Watt?

With the Chargers, Derek Watt had the responsibility of protecting Philip Rivers, who was the least sacked quarterback in the league during the time he played there. He will obviously be bringing that style of play to Pittsburgh with the return of Ben Roethlisberger.

In addition to that, he will help lead the rushing attack that is rumored to play a massive role in the Steelers upcoming season—tasked with the job to open lanes for James Conner and Benny Snell Jr. There is also the possibility of the Steelers drafting a running back at some point in the NFL Draft this year.

This signing also leads us to believe we have seen the last of Roosevelt Nix, who played a massive role with the Steelers during his time but faced injuries in 2019. The Steelers have also finished at the bottom of the list in rushing the last few seasons.


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You hit the nail on the head. DJ will be a great addition to the passing protection and most importantly, the rushing attack. We needed a dependable and healthy FB. The rushing game hurt not having Nix in last year. 

He'll also be a demon on special teams. Losing Dirty Red lowkey hurts. DJ fills his role. 

And quietly, this will help keep TJ from hitting the open market. 

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5 hours ago, SteelTwin Dan said:

You hit the nail on the head. DJ will be a great addition to the passing protection and most importantly, the rushing attack. We needed a dependable and healthy FB. The rushing game hurt not having Nix in last year. 

He'll also be a demon on special teams. Losing Dirty Red lowkey hurts. DJ fills his role. 

And quietly, this will help keep TJ from hitting the open market. 

I could see that being the case, it's early but I think he will want to stay. Also, keep in mind I am almost 100% sure this will be Ben's last season as a Steeler which in retirement should open up a bunch of extra cap space next off-season.

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9 hours ago, JusBlaze412 said:

I could see that being the case, it's early but I think he will want to stay. Also, keep in mind I am almost 100% sure this will be Ben's last season as a Steeler which in retirement should open up a bunch of extra cap space next off-season.

Absolutely! And it seems the Steelers are going all in for one last big run before Ben hangs em up. There's no better time than this upcoming season. If it ends like we all hope, Ben for sure will walk.

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