The Pittsburgh Steelers have added plenty of former XFL players to their team, and they continue to add more to their inflated offseason roster. The most recent move? A wide receiver from the Los Angeles Wildcats.
This per Brooke Pryor of ESPN:
Another XFL signing for the Steelers: WR Saeed Blacknall of the LA Wildcats and a Penn State product.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 13, 2020
He spent the 2018 season on the Raiders practice squad, 2019 preseason in Miami and part of the regular season on the Cardinals' practice squad.
The Steelers made the move official on Monday morning:
We have signed WR Saeed Blacknall.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/C7nBDVxHK8 pic.twitter.com/17u0Dh4asl— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 13, 2020
While most fans would suggest players like Blacknall are a long shot to make the team’s regular season roster, the Steelers have proven they give every player a chance to prove themselves on the football field, not based solely on pedigree alone.
Players like Kam Kelly and Mike Hilton are perfect examples of players who were picked up off the NFL’ scrap heap and eventually became contributors in one way or another. In Hilton’s case, he didn’t just become a player, but a starter on the team’s upper echelon defense.
Blacknall played four years at Penn State where he had 50 receptions for 979 yards and seven touchdowns. Undrafted after his senior year, Blacknall ended up on the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders in 2018. He was activated for one game in November but did not have a reception. He returned to the practice squad but was released prior to training camp of 2019. After spending the preseason with the Miami Dolphins before being waved/injured, Blacknall spent the final few weeks of the 2019 season on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad before finding his way to the XFL.
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