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Steelers Sign Former Pine-Richland, YSU Tight End Kevin Rader

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Pine-Richland, Youngstown State and Green Bay Packers tight end Kevin Rader to a reserve/futures contract for the 2019 season.

Rader played college football at Youngstown State, where he amassed 44 receptions for 601 yards and four touchdowns. None of his catches are as famous as his amazing catch in the FCS playoffs, where he caught a ball with one hand, pinning it against the back of a defender in the endzone.

While playing against Pitt in 2017, Rader caught six balls for 100 yards at Heinz Field. Rader, a graduate of Pine-Richland High School, makes his way back to his home roots after spending training camp with the Green Bay Packers in 2018 after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent.

The Steelers will need depth at their tight end position, as both Jesse James and Xavier Grimble are set to become free agents this offseason.

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Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College

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It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.

The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.

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Steelers Announce 2020 Preseason Schedule

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The Steelers have announced dates and times for their 2020 Preseason schedule.

Pittsburgh will start the year early in Canton, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. This will be the Steelers’ seventh appearance.

The Hall of Fame game will kickoff Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC, shown locally on WPXI-TV.

The team will then return to Pittsburgh for a two-game home stand against NFC South foes.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to town on Friday, Aug. 14, a primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

Next, another home game for the Steelers, this time against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on FOX/WPGH-TV.

The Steelers will close out their preseason slate with a pair of road contests.

First, a date with a familiar face, as they take on Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28.

Pittsburgh will close out the preseason schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

Both games are at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

The Steelers went 3-1 in the preseason last year, with their only loss coming in the finale, also against the Panthers.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys at Canton, Ohio

Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints

Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. at New York Jets

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Panthers

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m. at New York Giants

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Houston Texans

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. at Tennessee Titans

Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. vs. Cleveland Browns

Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE WEEK

Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:25 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars

Thursday, Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, Dec. 13, 8:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns

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Steelers Announces Jerseys Numbers for Rookies and Free Agents

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The Steelers have announced jersey numbers for the rookies and free agents they added this off-season.

Wide receiver Chase Claypool already revealed on his Twitter last week he would be wearing No. 11, but the team announced Wednesday that outside linebacker Alex Highsmith will wear No. 56.

The Steelers made a splash this off-season adding a tight end Eric Ebron, who will stick with his No. 85 jersey he wore with the Colts. They also beefed up the offensive line by signing Stefen Wisniewski. He will also stick with the number he has held his entire career, No. 61.

Freshly signed fullback Derek Watt is switching to No. 44, while newly acquired defensive tackle Chris Wormley will don No. 95.

The pair of Maryland Terrapins selected in the 2020 NFL Draft — Anthony McFarland Jr. and Antoine Brooks Jr. — will wear No. 26 and 25, respectively.

Continuing with the theme of Steelers rookies, fourth round guard Kevin Dotson has chosen No. 69.

Seventh round nose tackle Carlos Davis will wear No. 73.

 

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