Week 11 Blog: His Own Toughest Review

Intensify: On Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin spoke about the safety of Minkah Fitzpatrick on the reserve / COVID-19 roster and regarding Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, he simply said, “We don’t expect not get it back. ”

With Fitzpatrick likely not available to play, the Steelers will certainly call on the next player, and defensive tackle Cameron Heyward is confident that anyone will get the job done.

“I think we’re going to have to bring in some guys, I’m not sure who exactly, but that’s why you have a roster of 53 players,” Heyward said. “There are going to be injuries. There are going to be times when you’re not 100% defending or attacking. The defensive line has to step up a bunch, the linebackers on the inside, the corners. do our part to make sure we minimize the role that Minkah is not playing. ”

Among the names available for extra playing time is rookie Tre Norwood, who has been all over the field this year, from the corner of the nickel machine and even limited time in defense of the pennies.

“When he was drafted, Coach Tomlin called him the Swiss Army Knife,” Heyward said. “He’s been that for us. Every time I see Tre, I squeeze Tre. I feel like we go out every time and he’s squeezed. He knows where he needs to be. He’s a young kid who needs to be. is always on the move and always on the rise. He’s doing so much for this team. A lot under the radar. I think he’s going to be a valuable part of the equation down the road. ”

The defense will face a tall order against Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who is the AFC’s fifth-best passer going into Week 11. Herbert has already made 211 passes for 2,350 yards and 18 touchdowns, so the Pass rush is going to have to be on point, something that could be affected by injuries with linebacker TJ Watt and cornerback Joe Haden both missing practice on Wednesday.

“We have guys who have played before, and we need them to step up,” Heyward said. “They’re going to have to step up again this week. I know we have a long list of good quarterbacks that we’re going to play, but we have to beat the best. We’re saying we want to go to the playoffs, what better way to do that than to make a statement with the way we play against these guys. ”

He said it : The last time the Steelers played in Los Angeles, Steelers fans came in droves and took over. Heyward has said he doesn’t know what the deal will be this week, but he believes the Chargers will handle things differently and won’t play Renegade this time around, the song that is used regularly at Heinz Field to bolster the defense.

“I think the last time we were there they played Renegade by accident and it got a little crazy there,” Heyward said. “I don’t think they will do that this time.”

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