Pittsburgh Steelers sign recently released Wide Receiver Chiefs


The Pittsburgh Steelers are signing a wide receiver that the Kansas City Chiefs recently released from their roster. The Steelers have now made some roster moves at Wide Receiver this week after a disappointing performance for the unit at OTAs.

The Pittsburgh Steelers released a WR earlier this week

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Denzel Mims practices during training camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility in Allen Park on Sunday, July 23, 2023.

The Steelers released former New York Jets second-round pick Denzel Mims earlier this week. Mims would sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars a day later. As previously discussed on GH, according to Mark Kaboly with The AthleticMims was one of several wide receivers the Steelers tried to fit into the WR2 role at OTAs:

The Steelers have not emerged with a clear No. 2 receiver option during the voluntary portion of OTAs. He thinks Van Jefferson is currently the second option:

At this point I would say From Jeffersonbut honestly you can Watkins, Patterson, Calvin Austin III, Scotty Miller, Marquez Callaway And Denzel Mimsthere too. Yes, it’s not a good situation, and the Steelers know it. It would show a lack of awareness and urgency if they don’t add a legitimate No. 2 before the season starts. And I think they will.

The Steelers are expected to add more help at receiver in free agency or trade. San Francisco 49ers receiver Brandon Aiyuk is the favorite target of fans and analysts for the Steelers.

The Steelers signed a WR who was with the Chiefs this spring

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September 10, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Jacob Copeland (2) tries to break away from a small tackle from a Charlotte 49ers defender during the second quarter at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

With Mims’ roster spot open, the Steelers announced on their website that they had signed Jacob Copeland to a one-year contract:

Copeland spent time on the Steelers practice squad during the 2023 season.

Copeland originally signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent after the 2023 NFL Draft. He was released by the Titans and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings during training camp. Copeland was released prior to the start of the regular season. He also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason

Copeland played at the University of Maryland in 2022, where he caught 26 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns. He spent four seasons at the University of Florida, where he had 86 receptions for 1,366 yards and nine touchdowns.

Copeland was released by the Chiefs in early May, before mandatory minicamp. Copeland has experience with the Steelers, but no experience with the current group of quarterbacks. Copeland will get passes from Russell Wilson and Justin Fields in training camp instead of Kenny Pickett, Mason Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky.

First fan reaction to the Pittsburgh Steelers signing Jacob Copeland

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Titans wide receiver Jacob Copeland catches a pass during preseason practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn., Friday morning, July 28, 2023.

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