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Steelers add former Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges, OT Kyle Meadows to roster

August 8, 2018
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Steelers new tight end Bucky Hodges with a catch and run during practice Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at Saint Vincent College.

The Pittsburgh Steelers added an intriguing tight end to their roster Thursday, signing former Virginia Tech athlete Bucky Hodges.

A four-star recruit as a quarterback, the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Hodges moved to tight end after a redshirt year and caught at least 40 passes with at least six touchdowns in each of the three seasons he played for the Hokies - including a career-high 145 receiving yards during his most recent game at Heinz Field (Oct. 27, 2016 against Pitt).

A sixth-round pick of the Vikings last season, Hodges did not make the team out of camp and ended up on the Panthers’ practice squad. He spent the summer with the Jets before being released last week.

The Steelers also signed Kyle Meadows, an offensive lineman who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Packers but was released last month.

Hodges and Meadows took the roster spots of tight end Ryan Malleck (waived/injured) and linebacker Darnell Leslie. They arrived Thursday and their signings were not even announced until after the afternoon practice began.

Coach Mike Tomlin smiled when he was asked for his thoughts on Hodges and Meadows.

“I kind of met them on the fly,” he said. “But sometimes you’ve got to get on the moving train.”

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