“The general public doesn’t seem to recognize just how productive Fitzpatrick’s been at a position where the headlines often go instead to guys like Derwin James, Jessie Bates, etc. In just under four full seasons with the Steelers, he’s totaled 17 picks and 38 pass breakups,” Benjamin writes regarding Fitzpatrick for CBSSports.com. “In other words, he’s everywhere the ball is. Joined by Patrick Peterson, he’s got the takeaway skills to throw a wrench into AFC North projections widely favoring the Bengals and Ravens.”
Fitzpatrick is regarded as one of the best safeties in the NFL overall, has earned three first-team All-Pro accolades and three trips to the Pro Bowl in his first five seasons, and already has 17 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns with the Steelers in four seasons.