Monday, November 28, 2022

Steelers try out former Chargers draft pick, ex-Vikings linebacker

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for an offensive lineman and a linebacker. Or at least the team has worked out a half-dozen players to play those positions, including three offensive guards, one offensive tackle and two full-backs.

The edge rushers in question are Emeke Egbule and Blake Lynch, the former of whom was selected in the 6th round by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019 and the latter played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2020-21.

Egbule, 26, spent the first three years of his NFL career with the Chargers, who picked him 200th overall from Houston in 2019. He has played a total of 32 regular-season games and is credited with 13 tackles (nine solo) and two quarterback hits. But he’s mostly played on special teams (370 total snaps), with just 96 career snaps on defense, according to the Pro Football Reference (PFR).

Lynch, 25, spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the Vikings after playing collegiately at Baylor. All told, he appeared in 20 games for Minnesota (with seven starts) and was credited with a total of 47 tackles (31 solo) according to the PFR, with one interception, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. That year, he failed to get Minnesota’s 53-man roster out of training camp and spent part of that season on the Arizona Cardinals practice team.

Meanwhile, the Steelers also brought in a pair of offensive linemen — and tried out a pair of offensive guards. In attendance were guard Danny Isidora, a former Vikings fifth-round pick, and tackle Liam Ryan, a former Washington State undrafted free agent.

Isidora, 28, spent time with the Steelers in December 2020 after Pittsburgh pulled him off the Kansas City practice team. A week later, he was accepted into the active squad but did not appear in a game.

Ryan, 25, is a rookie undrafted free agent who signed with the Seahawks after the 2022 draft and subsequently spent time on the Seattle practice team.

The two guards who came to the tryout were Willie Wright, 26, a former undrafted free agent from Tulsa who has spent time with the Browns, Falcons and Titans.

Last but not least, there’s Mike Horton, 26, who played his college football in Auburn and has three games of regular-season experience, all coming in 2021 with the Carolina Panthers.

On Wed. On Nov. 23, Chicago cornerback Breon Borders signed to his practice team. after Aaron Wilson by Pro Football Network.

Borders signed with the Steelers in April 2020; He landed a starting job with the Titans later that year. The 27-year-old has played in 31 regular-season games with four different teams and has recorded 42 tackles, seven passes defended, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Meanwhile, tight end Nick Vannett has signed New York Giants practice team. Vannett spent the 2019 season with the Steelers after being transferred in a trade from Seattle. In 13 games, he produced 13 catches for 128 receiving yards.

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