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Steelers sign WR to practice squad, release S Jalen Elliott

Pittsburgh adds an athletic wide receiver.

NFL: AUG 26 Preseason - Cardinals at Vikings

The Steelers announced a roster move on Tuesday, adding wide receiver Jacob Copeland to their practice squad and releasing safety Jalen Elliott in a corresponding roster move.

If the name Jacob Copeland sounds familiar, that’s because he spent time on the Steelers’ practice squad earlier this season. You can read what we wrote about him when he first joined the Steelers in September:

Copeland was an undrafted free agent following the 2023 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida and Maryland, recording 112 catches, 1,742 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns over his five years at the NCAA level. His best college year came in 2021 as a Gator, in which Copeland had 41 catches for 642 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Copeland tested well at the 2023 NFL Combine, running a 4.42-second 40-yard dash. NFL analyst Lance Zierlein noted that the 6’0, 202-pound receiver was an “explosive athlete with NFL size and traits but lacking an NFL skill set at the position” in his draft profile of Copeland.

Safety Jalen Elliott, who was released to make room for Copeland, has also had two stints on the Steelers this season. While no announcement has been made regarding why he was released, the Steelers moving on from a reserve safety points to the possibility of Minkah Fitzpatrick returning to full health.

The Steelers take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.