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Steelers Sign LB Jay Elliott, Add QB Devlin Hodges to Practice Squad

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The Steelers have signed veteran linebacker Jay Elliott to their 53-man roster and added quarterback Devlin Hodges to their practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday.

Elliott, 27, spent the final part of training camp with the Steelers after injuries affected the team’s depth at outside linebacker, and made an impact in his lone preseason game, with this impressive sack, fumble, scoop and score against the Carolina Panthers.

A 6-foot-3, 255-pound Toledo alum, Elliott entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 2014 and spent three years with the Packers and one with the Dallas Cowboys. He played for San Antonio in the AAF this spring.

He has 47 career tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, two passes defended, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Hodges, 23, joined the Steelers as a try-out out of Samford during rookie minicamp and won a spot on the 90-man roster. From there, the former FCS All-American played well enough in the preseason to put pressure on Josh Dobbs for the third-string job.

Dobbs was traded to Jacksonville on Monday. The Steelers had an open spot on their practice squad after Johnny Holton was promoted to the active roster late last week and outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper was waived. Skipper was claimed on waivers by the New York Giants on Monday.

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Report: Mike Hilton Signs Second-Round Tender

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mike Hilton has signed his 2nd-round tender, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 26-year-old cornerback started eight games and appeared in all 16, recording 62 tackles, 11 passes defensed, 1.5 sacks and one interception, an improvement in most categories from his first two years in Pittsburgh. Undrafted out of Mississippi, Hilton was signed by the Steelers in December of 2016 after being cut by the Jaguars and Patriots.

The Steelers placed second-round tenders on both Hilton and tackle Matt Feiler, who reportedly signed his earlier in the day. The tenders were worth $3.259 million in 2020.

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Report: Steelers Re-Signing RFA OT Matt Feiler

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Restricted free agent offensive tackle is signing his second-round restricted free agent tender with the Steelers, according to a report by ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

The tender contract, offered to Feiler back in March, is worth $3.259 million.

Bringing back Feiler — who started all 16 games in 2019 — adds much needed depth and experience to an older Steelers offensive line that is also trying to replace the recently retired Ramon Foster. Pittsburgh also added former Kansas City Chiefs guard Stefen Wisniewski this offseason in free agency.

Feiler was ranked as the 20th-best tackle in the league for his performance last season.

Had another club signed Feiler to an offer sheet and the Steeler chose not to match, they would have received that team’s 2021 second round pick as compensation.

Undrafted out of Bloomsburg University in 2014, Feiler has realistically spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, aside from a short stint with the Texans.

With Feiler locked up, the Steelers now await starting slot cornerback Mike Hilton’s decision, who they also placed the second-round tender on.

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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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