Steelers sign safety Karl Joseph to practice squad

Karl Joseph is the most notable name announced among the 15 players signed today to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. A former West Virginia first-round pick, he was released by the Raiders yesterday.

Joseph, 27, visited the Steelers in late March but left without a contract, choosing to return to the Raiders instead. He struggled with injuries in the preseason and was cut by the team on Tuesday.

In five years, Joseph made 49 career starts. 41 of them came with the Raiders and the other eight with the Cleveland Browns, the team he spent with last year. Joseph has five career interceptions, one per season, with a total of 303 tackles and three career sacks.

Joseph was the Raiders’ 14th overall pick in 2016. A star in West Virginia, he racked up 274 career tackles for the Mountaineers as well as nine interceptions and three forced fumbles.

He’ll add a depth of security to a Steelers’ defense looking for him, although the fact that he was signed to the practice squad and not the 53 comes as a slight surprise. It’s also an indication that he didn’t have much of a league-wide interest. Safeties on Pittsburgh’s active roster include: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Terrell Edmunds, Miles Killebrew, and rookie Tre Norwood. The Steelers still only have 8 DB on their 53-man roster.

Joseph was one of 15 players signed to the team’s training squad and one of five players who were not on the Pittsburgh training camp roster. Others include: WR Steven Sims, OLB Derrek Tuszka, OLB Christian Miller and DL Daniel Archibong.

If you want to look back, here’s our player profile on Karl Joseph that we did in 2016 with our own Josh Carney.

2016 NFL Draft Player Profiles: West Virginia SS Karl Joseph