The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly brought in tight end Rashaun Allen for a visit, according to The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.
Tight end Rashaun Allen visited Steelers
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 4, 2016
He was a 2014 UDFA out of Southern but tested well at his Pro Day. Coming in at just under 6’5 and 250 pounds, he ran a 4.68 40, jumped 38 inches in the vertical while completing 24 reps in the bench press. He has spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings before spending this preseason with the New Orleans Saints.
Allen went catchless in the Week Three meeting with the Saints.
This is what Sean Payton said of Allen a month ago courtesy of the New Orleans Advocate.
“I would say his strength really is that of a blocker,” said Sean Payton. “He’s working on improving on his ability to separate and get open. He’s got good size and he’s strong. He’s got strong hands. There’s still some stiffness with his routes and separation. But he has been able to come up with a play or two downfield. He is a young guy trying to find a spot. There are a handful of guys at that position right now.”
It’s unclear if the team is planning on bringing Allen onto the practice squad or if the team is simply beginning its due diligence of updating their emergency list. If the team does not sign a veteran tight end to replace Xavier Grimble and he remains on the roster, it’s likely the Steelers will sign a tight end to their practice squad. Paul Lang was waived/injured, taking him out of the running for that spot.