First-game jitters are expected for a rookie entering their first NFL game, for safety Tre Norwood; he started his career by making the first tackle of the game, in their win against the Buffalo Bills.
Tested early by Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Norwood showed the type of maturity often seen with seasoned players. Even in situations where he struggled in coverage or a missed tackle, his poise and quiet confidence helped him overcome his mistakes.
Norwood played in 68 snaps on defense, more than veteran defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, linebacker. Joe Schobert and linebacker Alex Highsmith. Playing in different spots including slot receiver, Norwood succeeded in making plays when it counted, most notably, his pass breakup in the end zone He would finish with six tackles, but his stats do not tell the full story of his impact in the game, as he moved around the secondary in different packages.
“When you have guys that are position flexible and have a nice skill set in that regard, like Cam Sutton and Minkah Fitzpatrick and now Tre Norwood," head coach Mike Tomlin said in weekly conference on Tuesday. "It allows you to have some interchangeable parts and do some different things and add some complexities that, hopefully, keep the dogs off you.”
His emergence has already strengthened a formidable Steelers secondary, which features All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. As he showed during his collegiate days at the University of Oklahoma, Norwood's versatility should make him a valuable asset during the course of the season.