The Steelers have re-signed wide receiver Saeed Blacknall and released linebacker James Lockhart, the team announced on Friday.
Blacknall, 24, originally signed with the Steelers in April, but was released last week when the team signed fellow wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud. The Steelers took the somewhat unusual step of giving the just-released Blacknall a tryout workout earlier this week before re-signing the former Penn State product.
Blacknall’s re-signing comes one day after the Steelers waived/injured wide receiver Anthony Johnson, who suffered a knee injury in practice on Monday.
Before joining the Steelers this spring, Blacknall played with the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL, catching four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. At Penn State, Blacknall caught 50 passes for 979 yards and seven touchdowns before signing as an undrafted free agents with the Oakland Raiders in 2018. He has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals.
Lockhart signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in April. The 6-foot-2, 263-pound Baylor grad had been working as an outside linebacker, but the team added experienced veteran Jayrone Elliott to that position group on Friday.
With the pair of moves, the team’s roster remains at the 80-man limit.