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Steelers announce practice squad

The Steelers announced their practice squad on Sunday, and it includes some familiar faces who were waived when the team reduced their roster to 53 players.

The team signed 10 players including linebacker Keion Adams, cornerback Brian Allen, running back Jarvion Franklin, receiver Trey Griffey, tight end Bucky Hodges, defensive end Lavon Hooks, linebacker Farrington Huguenin, receiver Tevin Jones, center Patrick Morris and offensive lineman R.J. Prince.

The team also signed tight end Christian Scotland-Williamson, who is part of the International Player Pathway program and does not count towards the 10-player practice squad limit.

A closer look at the practice squad:

Keion Adams: Spent the 2017 season on the reserve/injured list after suffering a shoulder injury last preseason. In the 2018 preseason he had seven tackles and two fumble recoveries. Was originally drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Brian Allen: Originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Had 13 tackles this preseason, and one pass defense. Last year played in 10 regular season games and one postseason game when he was on the 53-man roster.

Jarvion Franklin: Signed by the team as an undrafted rookie free agent this year. Had eight carries for 10 yards in the preseason and a touchdown. Played collegiately at Western Michigan where he was their all-time leading rusher with 4,867 career yards, ranking him fifth all-time in MAC history.

Trey Griffey: Griffey was originally signed to a reserve/future contact this offseason. The son of Hall of Fame baseball player Ken Griffey Jr., he played collegiately at Arizona. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2017 but was waived/injured before training camp started. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins during camp in 2017 but released prior to the season.

Bucky Hodges: Was signed by the Steelers during training camp. Had two catches for 43 yards in the preseason. Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Played college ball at Virginia Tech where he came in as a quarterback but moved to tight end.

Lavon Hooks: Had seven tackles, two sacks and five quarterback pressures in the 2018 preseason. Spent the 2017 season on the Steelers practice squad, and then signed a reserve/future contract on January 16, 2018. Also spent time with the team in 2016. Played college ball at Mississippi.

Farrington Huguenin: Was signed to a reserve/future contract this offseason, the second straight year that he was signed to one by the Steelers. In the 2018 preseason he had five tackles and a sack. Spent the 2017 season on the team’s practice squad. He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2016, signing with the Miami Dolphins, but was released before that season began.

Tevin Jones: Jones was originally signed to a reserve/future contract this offseason. Entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Houston Texans in 2016. Was released by the Texans before the season started but added to their practice squad late in the season. Was re-signed by the Texans to a reserve/future contract in January, but waived that spring. Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs that summer but was released prior to the start of the 2017 season.

Patrick Morris: Signed by the team as an undrafted rookie free agent this year after taking part in the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Played collegiately at Texas Christian where he was a team captain his senior season.

R.J. Prince: Was signed by the Steelers after he was brought in on a tryout basis during rookie minicamp. A guard who played at North Carolina, started 11 of the 12 games he played in last season. He started 12 games his junior year.

Christian Scotland-Williamson: The Steelers signed Scotland-Williamson as part of the International Player Pathway program and was on the roster until the final cut. Played rugby since he was nine years old, most recently for the Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership.

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