Rookie Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Tre Norwood took the chance on Sunday to become a substitute, starting in place of Minkah Fitzpatrick safely on free while the latter was on the roster. reserve / COVID-19.
Things could have gone better — the defense had dropped 41 points, and didn’t even have any short fields to defend — but overall, Norwood didn’t look out of place, and could even show. potential in the future in a bigger game, which is something he hopes to see one day.
“It’s different, being back there playing defense every moment, but that’s what I look forward to as my career progresses.,” he told reporters yesterday when asked about adjusting to playing everything, rather than being a player. “It’s something that I don’t overwhelm myself with, because I feel like I’ve been prepared for the whole week. That’s what I had a chance for [to do], and I will continue to work”.
The biggest asset Norwood has in the league is his versatility. He spent most of the summer focusing on the safe free position before they started moving him to other positions, which came in handy as he played 68 times in his opening game of the season.
However, after playing 50 snaps the following week, he never approached such workload again before this past Sunday. He played every snap in the game — the only player to do so besides his safe friend Terrell Edmunds — while adding 24 more snaps to special teams, for a total of 100 over the course of the game. .
With Fitzpatrick slated to be removed from COVID-19 protocols any day, Norwood understands this is a limited opportunity, right now, though he has ambitions to eventually take hold. a full-time role at some point in his career.
“It is an opportunity that I am grateful for. Bless the chance,” he said of the chance to play in the final game. “I’m just trying to get on the pitch and contribute as much to the team as I can. That is something that I am very happy and fortunate to be able to do. I always prepare myself to be ready.”
Overall, Norwood made a positive contribution during his rookie season, complete with the kind of learning curve and missteps you’d expect. He’s certainly not a disappointment, by any means, but a pleasant surprise. However, it remains to be seen what the future holds for him, and whether he can hold a regular contributing role.
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