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Saints Train Ex-Steeler CB; Broncos try out former Steelers LS

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Friday was a busy day in the NFL for tryouts and workouts that gave several ex-Pittsburgh Steelers opportunities to potentially return to the league. For one, Brian Allen, a former Steelers fifth-round pick, worked for the New Orleans Saints, according to the NFL daily staff notification.

Allen – 6ft 3 and 215lbs – appeared in 16 games for the Steelers in 2017-18, but the ex-Utah Ute has been an NFL player on the fringes ever since. He then spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills before starting a game for the San Francisco 49ers in 2020 and joining the Cincinnati Bengals practice team later this season. The Cleveland Browns then signed Allen from the Bengals in January 2021, and he appeared in three games with Cincinnati last year after the Bengals re-signed him.

That spring, Allen was the first defenseman picked by the Birmingham Stallions in the 2022 USFL draft, where he was a teammate for former Steelers running back Tony Brooks-James.

For what it’s worth, the Saints showed keen interest in all ahead of the 2017 draft, meeting with him at the NFL Combine and invite him to dinner later that same month.

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Meanwhile, Denver coached former Steelers long snapper Kameron Canaday on Friday. one of four long-snapping specialists The Broncos had a tryout.

The 28-year-old Canaday was Pittsburgh’s long-snapper for four straight seasons beginning in 2017 — the year he defeated sixth-round Colin Holba.

But in the summer of 2021, Canaday entered a “down to the wire” contest with linebacker Christian Kuntz, a three-time All-American at Duquesne and two-time Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Kuntz spent time with the Steelers in 2020 and earned a spot on the practice team for part of 2021 after a tryout.

In the end, Kuntz won the job and the Steelers parted ways with Canaday, a former undrafted Portland State free agent who originally joined the NFL in 2016 with Arizona and appeared in three games for the Cardinals before joining the Steelers.

Canaday — 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds — has had several tries since losing his job with the Steelers, including a September 2021 practice session with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But he has yet to assert himself with a new team.

Kuntz is an unlikely NFL survivor. He wasn’t drafted in 2017 and wasn’t signed by an NFL team until four months later, only to be waived by the New England Patriots after a practice session.

He also had brief stints with both the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018 before receiving a first try from the Steelers. He credits a tip he received at Packers training as the catalyst for his eventual earning a full-time job in the NFL.

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In other news on Friday, the Steelers released the first depth chart of the 2022 season, with Mitch Trubisky as QB1, Mason Rudolph as backup, and Kenny Pickett from 2022’s first round as third-string QB.

Also of note: Kevin Dotson and Kendrick Green are listed as co-first teamers on the left, while Devin Bush and Robert Spillane are the co-first team on the center back’s left.

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• Steelers train ex-raiders, Giants running backs
• Trading the Steelers would be the “best case scenario” for Bears: Analyst’s Teven Jenkins
• Ex-Steelers LB works for Broncos; Former Steelers CB signs with Titans
• Steelers have a must-have rookie defenseman who flies under the radar
• Steelers’ Chase Claypool has bold predictions for rookie WR George Pickens



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