Duquesne large receiver Dwayne Menders Jr. participated in Steelers rookie minicamp this weekend by way of a tryout. It’s unclear as of now whether or not Menders made the crew or not, however Morgan State operating again Alfonzo Graham tweeted that he acquired signed by the Steelers on Sunday afternoon. The Steelers didn’t draft a large receiver and didn’t signal one as an undrafted free agent, so there presumably may very well be a spot for Menders.
Menders got here to Duquesne in 2022 as a graduate switch after enjoying for Marist from 2018-21. He performed 11 video games in his one season on The Bluff, and he caught 55 passes for 917 yards and 6 touchdowns, main the Dukes in catches, receiving yards and yards per sport.
Menders had 5 100-yard receiving video games in 2022. He additionally contributed 74 dashing yards on 14 carries and was a punt and kick returner. He averaged 18.4 yards per kickoff return and three.5 yards per punt return. In whole, he paced the Dukes with 1,185 all-purpose yards.
With the shut proximity to Duquesne, Menders felt like he was at house on the South Facet throughout the Steelers’ two-day rookie minicamp.
“It was good. Being simply throughout the river. I solely performed one season (at Duquesne), but it surely positively looks like house,” Menders instructed Steelers Now’s Nick Farabaugh.
Menders, who stands at 5-foot-11, 170 kilos, believes his velocity is his finest attribute.
“I really feel just like the previous two days, you recognize, I’m from Miami. I attempted to indicate them that Miami velocity and whatnot,” Menders mentioned. “Getting out and in of my breaks, ball safety, no dropped balls. That’s just about it.”
Menders thinks he can play within the slot and on the surface within the NFL.
“I can positively play each,” Menders mentioned. “They’ve been placing me at each. It looks like again at school however slightly extra upbeat to it. Every little thing is quicker, every little thing is smoother. You simply acquired to be on level with what you do out right here.”
Menders didn’t really feel overwhelmed by the surroundings of an NFL minicamp. He felt prefer it was extra of a family-type of environment.
“It’s not likely anxious. It feels extra like household,” Menders mentioned. “Everyone has the one objective. Everyone is attempting to be nice right here each time we step on the sector.”
If Menders doesn’t signal with the Steelers or one other NFL crew. There needs to be a chance for him within the XFL, USFL or CFL.