The Steelers have signed rookie minicamp tryout wide receiver Tyler Snead out of East Carolina to a contract, according to a report by Stephen Igoe of 247Sports.
Snead came into camp listed at 5-foot-7, and that now makes him the smallest wide receiver on team, taking the honor from fourth-round pick Calvin Austin. He came out of ECU where he caught 67 passes for 860 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season. In addition to that, Snead put up 378 kick return yards on 17 attempts, while posting 81 punt return yards on 12 attempts.
Those were career-high numbers, but Snead put up three straight years where he eclipsed 500 receiving yards with the Pirates. In 2019, his Sophomore season, Snead racked up 759 yards and 5 touchdowns, while he put up 530 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in only nine games in 2020.
In both 2019 and 2020, Snead registered a kick return touchdown. In both 2020 and 2021, Snead was named a second-team all-American conference performer at both returner and wide receiver. His accolades shine for someone his size, and he has carved out a niche in the process.
Snead now joins Carlins Platel and Trevon Mason has two others who have signed a deal after a rookie minicamp tryout. The Steelers will have to make three corresponding moves likely on Monday to fit them onto the 90-man roster.