The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed so much with how the NFL operates during the offseason.
Last season it destroyed any opportunity for teams to have voluntary training together from rookie camp to mini-camp.
The only time players could be together in-person was training camp, but there were no preseason games.
In an article with Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, Minkah Fitzpatrick voiced his opinion on having a full offseason of in-person training.
He told Varley: "The offseason is an important time for chemistry and forming good habits with your teammates. During the season everything is so crunched in it's hard to formulate good habits just out of the blue. The offseason, OTAs, minicamps, is the time you pull guys to the side and say let's start doing this, let's implement this and that, stuff like that. Not being able to do that has been tough.”
Fitzpatrick has had no opportunity to have a full-offseason training regiment with the Steelers since they’ve acquired him in Week 3 of the 2019 season.
With a better chance to gel with his teammates in the offseason, one has to wonder what other spectacular feats he could accomplish.
In 30 regular-season games with the Steelers, he’s amassed 79 tackles, nine interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns.