Steelers news: Minkah Fitzpatrick is first Pittsburgh player since 1984 with defensive TD's in back-to-back weeks
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Minkah Fitzpatrick is first Steelers player since 1984 with defensive TD’s in back-to-back weeks

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The Pittsburgh Steelers traded for defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick earlier this year. While he seemed lost with the Miami Dolphins, it looks like he’s figured it out now.

In Week 10, Fitzpatrick scooped up a fumble and took it 43 yards for a touchdown. It was his second straight game with a defensive score. That makes him the first Pittsburgh player since Sam Washington all the way back in 1984 to achieve the feat.

Fitzpatrick is having a phenomenal year. It’s crazy to think that the Dolphins ever wanted to give him up in the first place. The 22-year-old has 42 tackles on the season. He also has two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six pass deflections, four interceptions and those two touchdowns.

That’s an absolute stat-stuffer of a season. He’s marking it with massive plays that will put him on headlines too.

Fitzpatrick was the 11th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Therefore, it’s no surprise that he’s having such a strong second-year. It was only a matter of time before he put it all together. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they’ll have to think about that quite often.

Meanwhile, the Steelers have to be absolutely thrilled. It appears they have a franchise star in the defensive back. And at such a young age, he could be with the team for a very long time.

Spoiler alert, you should probably expect to see Fitzpatrick take the ball into the end zone a few more times in that span. He’s going to be fun to watch.