Last week during Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered some injuries along their offensive front. The team lost both offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jake McGee for the season with a torn quadriceps (Hawkins) and Achilles Tendon tear (McGee).
While McGee might have been a long shot to make the roster, Hawkins was considered to push for the top backup tackle spot on the team’s offensive line. A spot held by Chris Hubbard the past two years before he departed as an Unrestricted Free Agent.
With a vacant spot at tackle, Eric Edholm is reporting the Steelers have signed journeyman tackle Bryce Harris to fill his spot on the 90-man offseason roster.
This wasn’t the only move made by the team on Monday. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, not only did the team sign Harris, but also added tight end Ryan Malleck.
According to the NFL, they [the Steelers] signed tackle Bryce Harris and tight end Ryan Malleck, both of whom have been on the rosters of a number of teams. They placed tackle Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jake McGee on injured reserve. Each was injured in spring practice Thursday.
This also per the Post-Gazette:
Harris, 29, had three stints with the Saints, most recently for five weeks last season. Since he signed with Atlanta as an undrafted rookie from Fresno State in 2012, Harris has been on the rosters of six NFL teams before signing with the Steelers, including two turns with Atlanta and three with New Orleans.
Malleck spent time on the Steelers’ 90-man roster for three months last February through May before they waived him. He signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie from Virginia Tech in 2016. After his brief stay with the Steelers, he signed with Baltimore and Houston last year.
These two players are considered long shots, at best, to make the roster, but they have a chance with the Steelers to further their careers. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes from OTAs and minicamp as they head into training camp.