The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed rookie linebacker Tyler Murray to their practice squad, the team announced on Wednesday.
The addition of Murray gives the Steelers five healthy linebackers entering the week of practice. He joins Mykal Walker and Tariq Carpenter on the practice squad, behind starters Elandon Roberts and Mark Robinson on the active roster.
Murray, 24, is a Memphis alum who first joined the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason as an undrafted free agent. He was released coming out of training camp, but signed to the Bengals practice squad. Cincinnati released Murray from the practice squad on Sept. 5, when the Bengals signed former Steelers tight end Zach Gentry.
The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Murray spent one season with Memphis in 2022 as a graduate transfer. He started all 13 games for the Tigers and recorded 67 tackles, six for a loss, two interceptions, three hurries and two pass breakups.
In the pre-draft process, Murray graded out with average speed for his size, which is small for a linebacker. He recorded a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and a 4.51-second short shuttle. He did show solid athleticism, with a 35.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. His Relative Athletic Score at linebacker is a 5.64. He would have been a 6.43 when compared to strong safety prospects.
Before his time at Memphis, Murray spent two seasons at linebacker with Charlotte in 2020 and 2021, where he was a two-year starter and a team captain in 2021. That season, he recorded 79 tackles, 5 1/2 for a loss, 1 1/2 sacks, had one pass defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Murray started his collegiate career at Troy, where he played in 13 games as a freshman at the Spear position, a hybrid safety/linebacker, in 2017 and then became a starter in 2018, when he was named third-team All-Sun Belt after recording 49 tackles, 6 1/2 for a loss, two sacks, three interceptions, eight passes defended, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
A Jacksonville, Florida native, Murray was a two-star recruit as a cornerback coming out of Baldwin High School. He picked Troy over offers from Elon, Liberty and Samford.
In addition to the signing of Murray, the Steelers also announced that nose tackle Breiden Fehoko, who was waived on Monday, has cleared and re-signed to the practice squad. The Steelers’ practice squad is now full with 16 members, but the team has two vacant spots on its 53-man roster.