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Steelers Hire Frisman Jackson as Wide Receivers Coach

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Frisman Jackson as their wide receivers coach, the team announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Jackson will apparently replace Ike Hilliard, who spent the last two seasons as the Steelers’ wide receivers coach. The release did not address Hilliard’s status with the team. Head coach Mike Tomlin said in his post-season press conference that he was not anticipating any further staff changes at that time.

Jackson, 42, spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and was the receivers coach for the Tennessee Titans in 2017. With the Panthers, Jackson mentored players like Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel.

He was a receivers coach at the collegiate level for Baylor (2018-19), Temple (2015-16), NC State (2013-14), North Illinois (2012), Akron (2010-11) and Western Illinois (2008-09). Jackson worked for Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada and alongside running backs coach Eddie Faulkner for two seasons at NC State.
A Chicago native, Jackson played quarterback at North Illinois from 1997-99, while Canada was on the staff there as running backs coach. He transferred to Western Illinois and made the shift to wide receiver for his senior season in 2000, where he holds the school’s single-game records for receptions and yards.

He spent six seasons in the NFL, five with the Cleveland Browns after joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He finished his career with 40 catches for 490 yards and one touchdown.

The hiring means the Steelers will have at least three coaches in new positions for the 2022 season. Senior defensive assistant Teryl Austin is expected to be promoted to defensive coordinator to replace the retiring Keith Butler. The Steelers also have an opening at offensive line coach.

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