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Report: Steelers to work out former Patriots TE

Tight end Scotty Washington will try out for the Steelers today.

New England Patriots tight end Scotty Washington (17) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers will work out tight end Scotty Washington today, per a report from NFL insider Aaron Wilson.

Washington signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He was a wide receiver coming out of college. In his 2019 season at Wake Forest, Washington recorded 35 catches for 607 yards and seven touchdowns.

In his draft profile of Washington, NFL analyst Lace Zierlein wrote, “Washington’s size and length could make him a compelling late-rounder or undrafted free agent due to his ability to win jump balls down the field and create stress in the red zone. He’s a long strider with a feel for passing and stacking cornerbacks down the field, but fails to play to his size and push people around when it’s time to create and maintain his catch space.” And despite Washington’s later switch to tight end at the NFL level, Zierlein described run blocking as one of his weaknesses.

Washington spent his first two NFL seasons on the Bengals’ practice squad before signing with the Patriots’ practice squad in 2022. Washington still has yet to record his first NFL catch, but he did see some snaps with the Patriots, most notably when he batted a pass to teammate Jakobi Meyers which resulted in a crazy a 3rd-and-29 touchdown against the Bengals.

Washington was waived by the Patriots during final roster cuts in 2023. Now as a tight end, the 6’5 athlete has bulked up from his college weight of 225 to 247 pounds.

With Steelers’ star tight end Pat Freiermuth out for the next few weeks due to injury, Washington is a worthwhile tryout to ensure Pittsburgh has depth options at the position.

The Steelers face the Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.