Steelers DB Minkah Fitzpatrick preparing for reunion with ex-team Dolphins in MNF
The Pittsburgh Steelers will welcome the Miami Dolphins to town on Monday in a game that will see Minkah Fitzpatrick facing his former team. Fitzpatrick doesn’t anticipate any of his former teammates having an ill-will towards him when they play against one another in Week 8.
“It’s a business decision,” Fitzpatrick said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Other people made business decisions prior to mine. I still communicate with players on the team. I grew close with a lot of players on the team, formed relationships with them. I don’t think it’s going to be unfriendly because I’m playing with a different team.”
Fitzpatrick began his career with the Dolphins after the team drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. When Brian Flores was named Miami’s new head coach, that made basically everybody on the roster available. Along with Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins traded Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, and Kiko Alonso.
Of course, Miami didn’t want to part ways with the second-year defensive back. But they received an offer from the Steelers that they couldn’t refuse. Just a couple of weeks into the season, Pittsburgh sent a first-round pick for the versatile defensive back.
Since joining the Steelers in Week 3, Fitzpatrick has definitely made his presence felt for Mike Tomlin’s defense. In his four games in the Steel City, the 22-year-old safety has totaled 21 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and three deflections.
The Monday night game between the Steelers and Dolphins isn’t exactly a “must-watch” game; with both teams having a combined record of 2-10. Nevertheless, maybe the storyline of Fitzpatrick facing his former team will draw a few more viewers.