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Steelers work out 7 defenders ahead of Week 18

The Steelers are starting to prepare their offseason roster.

Chicago Bears cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. (27) looks on during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings on December 20, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Steelers worked out seven defenders today, per NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. The list includes three defensive backs, two defensive ends, a defensive tackle, and a linebacker.

Carthell Flowers-Lloyd is a safety who played college football at Stony Brook. In 2022 as a graduate student, Flowers-Lloyd played in 10 games, recording 70 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, four passes defensed, and an interception. He spent the 2023 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, where the 6’2, 205-pound safety recorded 31 special teams tackles.

Thomas Graham Jr. is a cornerback who played collegiately at the University of Oregon. The 5’11, 197-pound corner was a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Graham spent his rookie year in Chicago and his next season with the Cleveland Browns, appearing in 11 games over that two-year span, recording 19 total tackles and four passes defensed. He spent the beginning of the 2023 season on the Browns’ injured reserve before being released in November.

The final defensive back worked out by the Steelers today is Herb Miller. An FAU product, Miller went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft but has bounced around the league since, spending time with the Chiefs, Buccaneers, Browns, Panthers, and Bills. Over his NFL career, the 6’1, 201-pound cornerback has played in 17 games, recording 11 total tackles, a pass defensed, and an interception.

As for the defensive ends, Pittsburgh worked out rookie Marcus Haynes, who spent part of the 2023 season with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. In his final year of college at Old Dominion, the 6’4, 240-pound defender recorded 47 total tackles and four sacks. The Steelers also worked out defensive end Terrance Lang, who the team already met with earlier this season in September. Here’s what we wrote about him then:

Lang was signed by the Chargers as a UDFA following the 2023 NFL Draft. The defensive end played college football at Colorado, where he had 31 total tackles, two passes defensed, and one sack in his senior season. Lang was listed at 6’7, 265 pounds on Colorado’s website, although other sites have him listed closer to 6’4. Bolts From The Blue wrote a great breakdown on Lang following his signing with the Chargers. He was waived during roster cutdowns this year.

The lone defensive tackle the Steelers worked out today was J-Min Pelley, who like Flowers-Lloyd was most recently with the CFL. Pelley recorded eight total tackles with the Edmonton Elks in 2023. Pelley played college football in Canada with the Calgary Dinos. In 2019 with the team, the 6’5, 330-pound lineman recorded 15 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, and a rushing touchdown.

Linebacker Jonathan Jones rounds out the list of tryouts. The Toledo product recorded 97 total tackles, four sacks, and three passes defensed in his final year in college. He’s also the third former CFL player on the list, as he took his talents to the Toronto Argonauts the following year. In 2023, the 5’11, 230-pound linebacker recorded 49 total tackles, seven sacks, and an interception.

Much like the Steelers’ round of workouts last Thursday, the players they met with today likely have more to do with offseason futures contracts than their personnel for Week 18 or the possible playoffs. There’s a good chance one or more of the players listed above will be part of the Steelers’ 90-man roster over the spring and summer.

However, the Steelers still have one regular season game left, as they take on the Ravens on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET.