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Steelers Invite Duquesne WR to Rookie Camp



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The Pittsburgh Steelers have invited Duquesne wide receiver Dwayne Menders Jr. to the team’s rookie minicamp next week.

Menders came to Duquesne in 2022 as a graduate transfer after playing for Marist from 2018-21. He played 11 games in his one season on The Bluff, and he caught 55 passes for 917 yards and six touchdowns, leading the Dukes in catches, receiving yards and yards per game.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Miramar, Florida native had five 100-yard receiving games. He also contributed 74 rushing yards on 14 carries and was a punt and kick returner. He averaged 18.4 yards per kickoff return and 3.5 yards per punt return. In total, he paced the Dukes with 1,185 all-purpose yards. Running back Billy Lucas was second with 895.

Menders will have an opportunity at the team’s rookie minicamp to earn a spot on the 90-man offseason roster. The Steelers did not draft a wide receiver and did not sign one as an undrafted free agent.

The Steelers already have one Duquesne alum on their roster in long snapper Christian Kuntz. The team had offensive lineman Jake Dixon on its training camp roster in 2022, but he did not make the team.

Menders is the second player to be announced as part of the rookie minicamp field on a tryout basis. Former Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson will also be joining the team for the rookie camp, which is expected to start May 12 at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side.