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Steelers All 90: LB/LS Christian Kuntz



All 90 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 90 members of the Steelers 2021 offseason roster.

46 • Christian Kuntz, first-year long snapper/outside linebacker
6-foot-1, 227 pounds

Acquired: Joined the Steelers for a second stint as a street free agent on March 30, 2020. Re-signed with the team on Jan. 14, 2021.

Last season: Kuntz was waived on Aug. 2, but the Steelers re-signed him to their practice squad on Nov. 24. He spent the rest of the season on and off the practice squad, as the Steelers attempted to keep backups for all three of their specialists within the NFL’s COVID-19 testing protocols.

Career: Kuntz signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Duquesne in 2017, after which he first started long snapping.

Kuntz spent time with the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018 and 2019, but did not play in a game. He was signed by the Steelers for the first time on Aug. 15, 2019 and he recorded five tackles and a sack in a preseason game against Carolina, but was among the team’s roster cuts at the end of camp.

Kuntz played with the Dallas Renegades of the XFL in the spring of 2020.

College: After an ACL injury cost him his junior season with the Dukes, Kuntz broke out with a strong redshirt junior season in 2015, with 26 tackles for loss to lead all FCS players along with 11 sacks, the third-best season for a Duquesne defender.

In 2016, he ranked second in the FCS with 11.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss and became an FCS All-American.

Camp outlook: If the Steelers decide to use the 16-man practice squad to keep specialist backups around again in 2021, Kuntz will surely have a spot. His ability to fill in at linebacker is a big plus from a scout team perspective.

Future: Kuntz will be an exclusive-rights free agent after the season.

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