Patriots Sign Former Steelers WR Reggie Dunn To Their Practice Squad

As long as former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and return man Reggie Dunn has his blazing speed, teams around the league will more than likely be willing to kick his tires as a scout team player. On Tuesday, the Utah product joined his fifth different team this season as the New England Patriots added him to their practice squad.

Following his release from the Steelers just prior to the start of the regular season, Dunn has spent time on the practice squads of Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins. The Patriots added the undrafted free agent burner to emulate Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, whom they will surely try to shut down this coming weekend in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

At 5-foot-10 and 178 pounds, Dunn is right at about the same size as Hilton and he figures to be just a tick or two faster than him as well.

“He did a good job,” Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib said of Dunn after Tuesday’s practice. “He came in and ran fast, he ran through the defense, he ran under routes. He did what T.Y. Hilton does. He came out there, read what they had on the card, and ran fast and gave us a good look.”

Dunn isn’t likely to ever stick on a 53 man roster, but he might stick around the league a few years until his practice squad eligibility runs out.

  • T R

    is he that bad a receiver or kick returner,, well guess he dont do punts is one problem.. Why he cant stick on a squad..

  • DarthVenamis

    Most teams do not carry a return specialist as it is and like you said, he only does one half of that role. Space on rosters and practice squads are too valuable.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    When/if the light bulb ever comes on for the kid there’ll be some disappointed teams. He may be the 4th or 5th WR on some team but excel mainly as a returner.

  • steeltown

    He wasn’t that good of a WR, only had maybe 30receptions total in 3yrs of college, without those 4 kickoff return TDs his senior year we wouldn’t even be talking about him, no one would

  • srdan

    Speed gets talked about. I went to a small school in eastern pa. Scouts showed up to look at a tight end and they asked if there was anyone fast. We had a receiver that coudln’t catch a cold. We call him turtle-Gerran Walker. He ran a 4.3, Probably the best athlete I ever played pickup basketball with. THat boy was a blur.

    He was on the steelers practice squad for a while. I don’t think he had more catches than Dunn in a lesser conference.