Steelers Tryout Two Punters and LS

Mike Tomlin stated during his weekly news conference that he wasn’t pleased with punter Jordan Berry‘s efforts through the first two weeks of the season.

That thought was reinforced on Tuesday afternoon as the Steelers worked out two punters. Former Minnesota Viking Jeff Locke, and former Cleveland Brown Justin Vogel.

Locke was drafted in the fifth round by the Vikings in 2013 and never lived up to the high expectations. He was not offered a second contract and headed to Indianapolis where he only last one season before being released in favor of rookie Rigoberto Sanchez

Locke holds a career average of 43.4 yards per punt while playing most of his home games inside of a dome. For comparison Berry holds a career 43.8 yard average.

Vogel spent the 2017 season as the Packers punter after signing as an undrafted free agent. He set the single-season franchise record for net punting average with 41.6 yards per punt and was selected to be a 2018 Pro Bowl alternate. That wasn’t enough though for the Packers as they drafted a punter in the 2018 draft and parted ways with Vogel after he asked for his release.

He spent the 2018 preseason with the Browns before being released on September 1.

Also working out for the Steelers was long snapper Nick Meadows who played college football for nearby West Virginia. It’s unclear if the Steelers just needed someone to snap to the punters or they’re suddenly unhappy with Kam Canaday, but I don’t think his job is in jeopardy.

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