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Ex-Steelers WR Lights up DC Defenders in UFL

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Tyler Vaughns is impressing in the UFL with a two touchdown performance.



Steelers WR Tyler Vaughns
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Tyler Vaughns in a preseason game on Aug. 13, 2022. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The UFL has given multiple players aspiring for NFL hopes another chance. Multiple former Pittsburgh Steelers are taking advantage of that, from Anthony McFarland to Hakeem Butler; these players are fighting for an opportunity to get into an NFL training camp. And on Sunday, another former Steelers wide receiver is proving he might have the chops to earn another chance.

Tyler Vaughns had some impressive plays during the 2022 preseason but never parlayed that into a roster spot or anything else. Instead, he finds himself on the Arlington Renegades, and on Sunday, Vaughn impressed onlookers. He caught five passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. That brings Vaughn’s stats to up over 500 yards, receiving on the limited season as one of the top targets on the Renegades.

Vaughns said the key to his footwork is ballet. As a former USC receiver who happened to play for the Steelers, the overlap with Lynn Swann is humorous, but it accounts for Vaughns’ smoothness on the field. After the Steelers released Vaughns in 2022, he has yet to find another home, but the strong season in the UFL could be the chance he is looking for at an NFL return.

As noted earlier, Vaughns is not even the top former Steelers wide receiver in the league. Butler has torched the league, leading the UFL in multiple categories. He is set to likely earn another contract and chance in an NFL training camp after injuries hampered him.

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Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
June 2, 2024 5:34 pm

as a true Steelers fan, from what I saw watching the U.F.L. games this time I hope both Anthony McFarland and Hakeem Butler stay on the team and contribute

June 2, 2024 6:43 pm

I would like to see them both in cCamp with the Steelers – especially Butler.