The Steelers have signed quarterback Taryn Christion to their practice squad and released tight end Alize Mack.
Christion, 22, is on his third NFL team since graduating from South Dakota State this spring. A 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete, Christion made a name for himself as a runner and a passer with the Jackrabbits.
A full-time starter in each of his final three seasons, Christion finished with at least 3,000 yards passing, 30 touchdowns, 300 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns in each of them.
He signed with the Seattle Seahawks right after the draft but was released before training camp. He caught on with the Dallas Cowboys on the eve of camp and played in their final two preseason games.
Christion finished the 2019 NFL preseason completing 12 of 20 passes for 148 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had seven carries for 25 yards and lost one fumble. With Dallas, he also worked as a wide receiver and special teams player.
The Cowboys released Christion at the end of the preseason. He worked out for the Jets in September but was not signed.
The Steelers have three other quarterbacks at practice: starter Mason Rudolph, backup Devlin Hodges and Paxton Lynch on the practice squad.
Christion’s signing coincides with the Steelers’ week of practice preparing for Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson, the first dual-threat quarterback the Steelers have faced this season.
Mack was added to the Steelers’ practice squad last week after injuries to Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble. Grimble was placed on injured reserve when the Steelers acquired Nick Vannett from the Seattle Seahawks.
Vannett started against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and rookie Zach Gentry also played. The Steelers also have Kevin Rader on Christian Scotland-Williamson on the practice squad.
Steelers Re-Sign WR Anthony Johnson to Practice Squad; Release WR Amara Darboh
The Steelers have re-signed wide receiver Anthony Johnson to their practice squad and released wide receiver Amara Darboh.
Johnson, 25, is in his second professional season out of Buffalo. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver spent the 2020 offseason with the Steelers before suffering a knee injury in training camp.
Teams cannot re-sign players that they’ve reached an injury settlement with for at least three weeks longer than the term of the settlement, which is not publicly disclosed.
The Steelers originally signed Johnson to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 8. He spent the 2019 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers.
In two seasons at Buffalo, Johnson caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led the MAC in receiving yards per game in his junior season.
Darboh joined the Steelers mid-year in 2019 after spending time with the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017.
The Steelers initially signed him to their practice squad on Nov. 18, 2019, then he was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 16, 2019, but did not play in a game. He returned to the Steelers for 2020, was waived at the end of training camp and re-signed to the practice squad.
When Diontae Johnson was injured earlier this season and missed time, the Steelers elevated fellow practice squad receiver Deon Cain ahead of Darboh.
The Steelers’ 16-man practice squad and 53-man roster are both full after the transactions.
Steelers Sign P Jordan Berry, Elevate Trey Edmunds, Jayrone Elliott from Practice Squad
The Steelers officially signed veteran punter Jordan Berry, who previously punted for Pittsburgh from 2015 to 2020, and elevated two players from the practice squad.
Berry came in for a visit this past week after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed to replace Berry right before the start of the regular season.
Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter.
In other news, running back Trey Edmunds and linebacker Jayrone Elliott have both been elevated from the practice squad ahead of the team’s Week 7 game in Tennessee against the Titans. This marks the second time Edmunds has been elevated from the practice squad this season.
Report: Steelers to Sign, Bring Back Punter Jordan Berry
The Steelers are expected to sign Jordan Berry, according to Field Yates. Berry did come in for a visit with the team this past week.
This report comes after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed right before the start of the regular season. Berry, who punted for Pittsburgh from 2015-1019, would be replacing the man who was brought in to replace him. Berry’s contract was terminated following the signing of Colquitt.
Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter before the team’s Sunday road game against the Titans.