The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Carolina Panthers and Alabama linebacker Christian Miller to their practice squad, the team announced on Wednesday.
Miller, 25, was a fourth-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19. In his second offseason with the team, Miller was then waived in hopes of him getting onto the practice squad in Carolina.
Miller has very little experience, and only two career sacks, both coming against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals in Week 3 of the 2019 season. Prior to coming into the NFL, Miller dealt with a plethora of injuries. He suffered a few hamstring injuries and also fought through a couple of knee injuries while at Alabama.
Still, Miller brings explosiveness and bend to the table. After losing Quincy Roche to waivers, the Steelers likely wanted to get some upside on the practice squad at outside linebacker. Miller, a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker, should accomplish that goal for the Steelers.
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, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, tight end Kevin Rader, running back Jaylen Samuels, wide receiver Steven Sims, safety Donovan Stiner, outside linebacker Derrek Teszka and wide receiver Cody White to their practice squad. The team has one open spot remaining on the 16-player squad.