The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed tight end Kevin Rader to the practice squad, the team announced on Wednesday.
Rader, a Pine-Richland and Youngstown State alum, was part of the team’s final cuts to get down to a 53-man roster on Tuesday.
Rader completed his third training camp with the Steelers, and has been cut at the outset of both previous sessions, though has remained with the team by ending up on the practice squad.
In 2020, he got his first taste of NFL action, playing in one regular season game and one playoff game as a practice squad call-up. He did not have any catches.
Rader competed with Zach Gentry for the No. 3 tight end spot throughout training camp, losing out to the former fifth-round draft pick who Rader replaced on the roster after an injury in 2020. In four preseason games this summer, Rader caught four of six targets for 33 yards.
The Steelers also signed defensive end Daniel Archibong, wide receiver Rico Bussey, running back Trey Edmunds, cornerback Mark Gilbert, tackle Chaz Green, safety Karl Joseph, offensive lineman John Leglue, outside linebacker Christian Miller, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, running back Jaylen Samuels, wide receiver Steven Sims, safety Donovan Stiner, outside linebacker Derrek Teszka and wide receiver Cody White.