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Patriots working out former Steelers LB Brandon Johnson

Steelers looking to start fresh with special teams coverage, didn't re-sign Johnson after one year with team.


The Patriots visited with and worked out former Steelers linebacker Brandon Johnson Monday, ESPN is reporting.

Not that Johnson was expected to be re-signed by the Steelers, after he appeared in 14 games, registering 10 tackles. He was brought in before training camp last season to help bolster depth on special teams and at both linebacker positions.

Johnson didn't factor in much during the season, and with new special teams coach Danny Smith in tow, along with a few rookie draft picks who look to see time on special teams, perhaps the Steelers are looking to rebuild internally on kicks and in kick coverage this season.

The Steelers were 25th in the NFL in net punting, averaging 39.2 yards per punt. Veteran Brian Moorman was signed and is expected to compete with and likely beat out incumbent Drew Butler.