The Steelers may quietly possess one of the best young offensive weapons in the league but a sophomore can hardly believe he’ll be ready for a big season in 2023.
“There are no full-backs in this league that can cover me,” hybrid FB/TE Connor Heyward told reporters. “I’m serious.”
It was a bold statement from Heyward, who had no defined role in Pittsburgh’s offense.
He played a bit tight and full-back as a rookie, scoring 12 catches from 151 yards and one touchdown as well as two dashes from 27 yards. 2022.
The 24-year-old was the Steelers’ sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and spent most of his collegiate career at Michigan State running again before moving on to senior year.
However, signs are pointing towards Heyward returning as a carrier/blocker after Pittsburgh picked TE Darnell Washington with a third pick in this year’s draft and re-signed TE Zach Gentry in this season.
The Steelers also opted not to re-sign FB Derek Watt, who has spent the past three years in Pittsburgh.
Heyward may still be looking for his role in the Steelers attack, but he’s certainly not lacking in confidence, and as DT Cameron Heyward’s younger brother, he clearly has what it takes to succeed there. NFL.