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Former Penn State Football Receiver DeAndre Thompkins Signs With Steelers

Former Penn State football wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Sunday afternoon.

Thompkins will join fellow Nittany Lion wide receiver Saeed Blacknall in the Steel City. Blacknall recently re-signed with the Steelers after being released a week prior.

Thompkins played four years with the Nittany Lions from 2015 to 2018 and totaled 83 receptions for 1,245 yards and six touchdowns. Additionally, he earned All-Big Ten honors in 2017 as a return specialist when he averaged 13.3 yards per punt return and scored one for a touchdown.

He went undrafted out of Penn State and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2019 NFL Draft. He was later cut before the 2019 NFL season began.

From there, Thompkins spent some time in the now-defunct XFL. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 XFL Draft by the DC Defenders and appeared in four games, totaling seven receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Thompkins will have less than a week to make a name for himself with the Steelers in order to make the team. All 32 NFL teams will need to trim their rosters down to 53 players by Saturday, September 5. If he makes the team, it would be his first appearance on a regular season NFL roster.

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