The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed punter Drue Chrisman to their practice squad, the team announced on Wednesday.
Chrisman is a 6-foot-3, 223-pound rookie out of Ohio State. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. He was cut at the end of training camp and has spent two stints on the Cincinnati practice squad, most recently being released on Oct. 12.
The Steelers hosted Chrisman and long snapper Rex Sunahana for free agent visits on Tuesday before signing them both to contracts for Wednesday. The team also recently added kicker Sam Sloman to its practice squad in an effort to boost numbers at key positions with the team experiencing a rash of positive COVID-19 tests in recent weeks.
Chrisman was a second-team All-Big Ten selection at Ohio State in 2020. He was also honored as a third-team selection in 2018. In his senior season, Chrisman averaged 45 yards per punt in seven games. He also served as Ohio State’s holder.
Steelers rookie Pressley Harvin III is averaging 43.7 yards per punt, and the Steelers are 28th in the league in punting average.