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Steelers Signing Former First-Round Pick to Practice Squad

Devon Platana
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be signing former first-round pick Taco Charlton to their practice squad.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be signing former first-round pick Taco Charlton to their practice squad. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

After starting the 2021 NFL season with a 1-1 record, the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to add a former first-round pick to their practice squad.

Fifth-year defensive end Taco Charlton — selected 28th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 2017 — underwent a physical in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The physical was clear and the Steelers officially added Charlton to their practice squad.

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It's unsurprising to see the Steelers adding defensive depth, especially after losing a few key players to injuries during Week 2's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. One of those players is DE Tyson Alualu, who was placed on the injured reserve with a fractured ankle.

Charlton has seen a lot of movement throughout his short NFL career, with the Steelers as his fourth team in five years. He most recently spent the 2020 season with the Kansas City Chiefs, playing seven games and recording 7 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.

However, there's the chance that Charlton just needs a change in scenery to get his career back on track. It was only two years ago that he started five of 10 games for the Miami Dolphins, tallying 5.0 sacks and 21 total tackles during that campaign. Having that sort of player in the organization — even if it's just the practice squad — would certainly benefit Pittsburgh in the long haul.

Reliable depth helps team's win championships, so the Steelers need as much of it as possible to strengthen their championship odds. Pittsburgh currently has the T-12th-best Super Bowl 56 odds at +3400, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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