It took just three weeks for Pat Freiermuth to establish himself as the go-to presence in the Pittsburgh Steeler tight end room, to the surprise of absolutely no Penn State fans. Now, the all-time touchdown leader for tight ends in Happy Valley has found the end zone for the first time as a professional.
The recent second-round pick had seen his playing time and involvement slowly grow over the first two weeks, going from one catch on one target in Week One to four grabs on four targets in Week Two. Now, he's on the board with his first points as a Steeler.
Freiermuth starred for three years in Happy Valley as a Nittany Lion before leaving for the NFL. Over his collegiate career, the former blue-chip recruit racked up 92 receptions, 1,185 yards, and 16 touchdowns, while also being a bruising blocker and all-around stud. Needless to say, the Steelers got themselves a good one here.
Between Freiermuth, Saquon Barkley, Miles Sanders, Juwan Johnson, Allen Robinson, and Chris Godwin, it's been quite the impressive start to the 2021 NFL season for the growing group of former Penn Staters in the NFL. James Franklin has to be proud of his former players, and you can be sure he's using their success to his advantage in recruiting.