Last year, the NFL debuted its international player pathway program by assigning four players from overseas to the four NFC South teams and that entailed giving them roster exemptions to remain as the 11th player on the practice squads of those teams during the season. In 2018, the four teams in the AFC North will be assigned players as part of that program and for the Pittsburgh Steelers that player will reportedly be Christian Scotland-Williamson.
Scotland-Williamson, a former English professional rugby player, posted the news on his Twitter account that he will join the Steelers as the eleventh practice squad member as part of an expansion of the International Player Pathway program.
— Christian Scotland-Williamson (@1CSW) May 1, 2018
“This a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and one that I simply can’t turn down,” Scotland-Williamson said in a December interview with ESPN.com. “I’m incredibly excited about testing myself and trying to get on the team roster at an NFL club.”
It is believed that the 6-9, 275-poundish Scotland-Williamson will reportedly attempt to play tight end for the Steelers but his size and ability might make him an intriguing defensive line prospect as well.