Former Tottenville HS star player named to train with Pittsburgh Steelers
A day after being knocked out by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Staten Islander Anthony Coyle was signed up to the same team’s 16-player practice squad on Sunday, Advance has learned.
The 6-foot-5, 306-pound offensive lineman, a former Tottenville high school star, will remain at Steel City and train with the 53-man Steelers roster.
NFL teams have been mandated to drop to 53 players from 80 on Saturday.
Practice teams have gone from 10 players to 16 this season due to the pandemic and the idea that teams will have to go through more than the 53 players on their roster. Players can move back and forth on the team’s 53-player roster as needed.
“I’m happy to still be a part of this team and to help them in any way I can to win football games,” Coyle, who will wear the number 68, told Advance on Sunday afternoon. “But I’m still hungry to prove myself day in and day out.”
Coyle, 23, was signed by the Steelers as a free agent in April and had four months of virtual and then live training with the team. In 2019, he was part of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers training teams. He had been a member of the XFL New York Guardians when the pandemic called off the season. That’s when the Steelers signed him.
Apparently, the former Fordham University star showed the Steelers enough during the preseason that they asked him to come back.
The Steelers open the road season against the New York Giants on September 14 at 7:15 p.m. as part of a Monday Night Football doubles schedule.