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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed a familiar face earlier today to fill a positional need that has been created over the past couple of weeks. The Steelers lost both inside linebackers Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander over the past two weeks and have a void at the position. With only Mark Robinson and Elandon Roberts on the active roster the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed inside linebacker Myles Jack.
Myles Jack had a successful season last year with the Steelers, collecting 104 tackles in 15 games, 13 of those he started. Though Jack signed a two-year contract with the Steelers before the 2022 season, he was released after just one season. Jack signed with Philadelphia early in August, but decided to retire on August 20th from professional football.
Jack was a former 2nd round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016 and played 6 quality seasons as a Jaguar. He has 4 career 100 + tackle seasons and should step right into the lineup with Pittsburgh. Though he was signed to a practice squad contract, it is believed that he will join the Steelers' active roster before this Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.
Jack is a run stopper, who has the ability to cover limited routes. He has gotten better with age at wrapping up runners instead of going for the knockout hits. He was more of a big play linebacker at UCLA but has settled in nicely to be a run stopper up the middle and will fill in nicely with the loss of Holcomb and Alexander.
Chances are this is another one and done contract with Jack, but it also gives the Steelers some choices this offseason in how they rebuild that position. Jack enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh and said he loved the culture and the accountability of the coaches and players. Jack will have to prove he is in game shape and has a good chance to be in uniform as early as this Sunday.