Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward has been named a midseason All-Pro by Pro Football Focus.
Heyward is having a career year amid an uncertain situation on the Pittsburgh defensive line. Of the team’s three starters entering the season, end Stephon Tuitt has not played and nose tackle Tyson Alualu was injured in his second game.
That hasn’t slowed down Heyward, who has 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss already after posting just four and seven in all of 2020. Heyward also has five passes defended, 40 total tackles, five quarterback hits and a fumble recovery.
“Heyward continues to play his best football as he gets deeper into his 30s,” PFF’s Sam Monson wrote. “All five of his best seasons have come in the past five years, including this one, and his current 92.3 PFF grade would represent a career-high if maintained over the full year.”
Monson also pointed out that Heyward has yet to miss a tackle in the run game this season.
Heyward was chosen along with Los Angeles Rams stalwart Aaron Donald as first-team interior linemen. Washington’s Jonathan Allen and Green Bay’s Kenny Clark we’re honored as second-team selections.
Heyward was the only Steelers player on the first-team list, but outside linebacker T.J. Watt and kicker Chris Boswell were named second-team midseason All-Pro. Watt was chosen along with San Francisco pass rusher Nick Bosa behind Las Vegas’ Maxx Crosby and Browns end Myles Garrett. Boswell slotted behind Baltimore’ Justin Tucker.