NFL training camps are usually a time where the bottom end of the rosters in flux as injuries or unmet expectations begin to mount. With the unusual training camp of 2020, the Steelers have reportedly held a tryouts for tight end Kyle Markway.
Steelers tryout reported: TE Kyle Markway.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) August 19, 2020
Markway was undrafted in 2020 out of South Carolina and was signed by the New York Giants. Last week, the Giants released Markway as they needed to make room for additional cornerbacks for training camp.
At 6‘4“ and 250 pounds, Markway was known primarily as a blocker in his three years with the Gamecocks. But in his final year at South Carolina, he had 31 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns.
Exactly why the Steelers chose to bring in Markway for a tryout is uncertain at this time. Tight end Dax Raymond did leave Tuesday’s practice early with a reported ankle injury. But in his press conference following Wednesday’s practice, head coach Mike Tomlin said both Raymond’s and rookie guard Kevin Dotson‘s injuries sustained on Tuesday appear to be of the “short term” variety.
Perhaps Markway was simply brought in for a work out as insurance in case Raymond was not going to be available. With the Steelers having an off day on Thursday, there will be more time for the Steelers to evaluate the situation. But if you are a South Carolina fan hoping to see Markway catch on with the black and gold, it may not be time to hold your breath just yet.
Below is a video compilation of Markway’s highlights at South Carolina.