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Steelers sign former XFL player and Pitt Panther to the offseason roster

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It is the fifth player reportedly signed by the Steelers from the XFL and the fourth on defense

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet again dipped in to the pool of players who participated in the XFL this past season. This time, the Steelers have reportedly signed former Pitt Panther Dewayne Hendrix.

Hendrix spent the XFL season with the St. Louis Battlehawks where he tallied one sack and four tackles. Undrafted out of Pittsburgh last year, Hendrix was signed by the Miami Dolphins where he spent the preseason, making five tackles with three sacks and two forced fumbles. Hendrix originally made the practice squad in Miami and also spent time on the practice squads of the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Playing his freshman year of college at the University of Tennessee, Hendrix transferred after only one season playing for the Volunteers. In his two years playing for Pitt, Hendrix had 50 tackles along with 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Slightly undersized for an NFL defensive lineman, Hendrix weighs in at 275 pounds with a height of 6‘3“ according to his XFL statistics. Lighter than other Steelers’ XFL signee Cavon Walker, it is possible Hendrix could be utilized at outside linebacker more than on the defensive line. If so, it may take some slight slimming down in order to fit into the typical mold of a 3-4 outside linebacker, or bulking up to to play defensive line.

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