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Steelers sign LB, TE to practice squad, host workouts Tuesday

Linebacker Caleb Johnson and tight end Scotty Washington are the latest additions to the Steelers’ practice squad.

Hurricanes linebacker Caleb Johnson (40) peeks into the backfield during a college football game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies on October 15, 2022, at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA. Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Steelers had a busy Tuesday. The team announced today that they have signed linebacker Caleb Johnson and tight end Scotty Washington to their practice squad, releasing offensive lineman Obinna Eze and tight end Noah Gindorff in a corresponding roster move.

Pittsburgh also worked out seven players, including Johnson and Washington, who were eventually signed. Per NFL insider Aaron Wilson, the other names included tight end E.J. Jenkins and linebackers Darryl Johnson, Vi Jones, Aubrey Miller, and Charles Snowden.

Wilson also noted that the Steelers will be working out defensive back Rachad Wildgoose at some point.

As for the new additions, Caleb Johnson initially signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the 2023 NFL Draft. The 6’1, 235-pound linebacker played college football at Miami and UCLA. As a Hurricane in 2022, Johnson recorded 48 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Scotty Washington is a wide receiver turned tight end who has been in the league since he went undrafted in 2020. In his final collegiate season at Wake Forest, Washington recorded 35 catches for 607 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6’5, 247-pound tight end has spent time with the Patriots and Bengals in the NFL. You can read more about him below:

As for the workouts, Jenkins is also a former wide receiver who switched to the tight end position. He signed with the Jets as a UDFA following the 2023 NFL Draft. The 6’7, 243-pound pass-catcher recorded 17 catches for 316 yards in his final collegiate season at Georgia Tech.

Darryl Johnson was a seventh-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2019 out of North Carolina A&T. The 6’6, 253-pound defender has recorded 34 total tackles and two sacks over his NFL career, having spent time with the Bills, Panthers, Seahawks, and 49ers.

Jones signed with the Seahawks as a UDFA in 2022 out of NC State. In his final collegiate season, the 6’2, 225-pound pass-rusher recorded 45 total tackles and six sacks.

Miller was a UDFA pickup by the Miami Dolphins in 2023 out of Jackson State. The 6’0, 229-pound linebacker played six years of college football, recording 65 total tackles, two sacks, and four forced fumbles in his final year at Jackson State.

Snowden was signed by the Bears as a UDFA following the 2021 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia, recording 44 total tackles, six sacks, and one forced fumble in his senior year. The 6’6, 232-pound linebacker spent most of the 2022 season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad.

Wildgoose, who has yet to officially work out with the Steelers this week, also visited the team prior to Week 7. Here's what was written about him then:

Wildgoose was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. Over his three-year career as a Badger, Wildgoose recorded 57 total tackles, one interception, and 14 passes defensed. In the NFL, Wildgoose has spent time with the Bills, Jets, and Commanders. In 2022 with Washington, the 5’11, 197-pound corner appeared in 15 games, recording 16 tackles and three passes defensed.

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