Pittsburgh Steelers Work Out Tight Ends Ben Mason and John Samuel Shenker
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made some moves on their practice squad, including the release of tight end Scotty Washington. In response, the team worked out two new tight ends, Ben Mason and John Samuel Shenker, according to NFL Insider Aaron Wilson.
John Samuel Shenker: A Record-Breaking Tight End
John Samuel Shenker, an undrafted free agent out of Auburn, recently signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. During his time at Auburn, Shenker set a record for the most career catches by a tight end with 68. He also accumulated 779 total yards in 36 games. At Auburn’s Pro Day, Shenker showcased his physical abilities, measuring in at 6’0″ and 242 pounds. He impressed with 27 reps on the bench press and a 4.89 40-yard dash. Despite not receiving a combine invite, Shenker’s six years of experience playing football at Auburn have prepared him for the professional level.
Ben Mason: Transitioning from Fullback to Tight End
Ben Mason, originally drafted as a fullback by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, has now been listed as a tight end in the NFL transaction log. This suggests that Mason may be exploring a new position. Alongside his time with the Ravens, Mason has also had stints with the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears. However, his second stint with Baltimore ended when he was released from the practice squad on September 26. Since then, Mason has been a free agent. At Michigan’s Pro Day in 2021, Mason measured in at 6’0″ and 246 pounds. He showcased his athleticism with a 4.77 40-yard dash and an impressive 29 reps on the bench press. Given his size, Mason’s transition to a full-time tight end would be surprising. However, with the Steelers lacking a fullback on their roster, Mason could potentially serve as a developmental piece at the position.
For more insights into Ben Mason, you can refer to Ross McCorkle’s pre-draft interview with him.
With the release of Scotty Washington and offensive lineman Joey Fisher from the practice squad, the Steelers currently have two openings. Additionally, they have an opening on their 53-man roster after Kwon Alexander was placed on injured reserve. It seems that Pittsburgh is not done making roster moves this week, as they continue to evaluate their options.
Source: Steelers Depot