On October 20, 2019, defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson recorded his first career sack with the Chicago Bears; almost a year later, he was released.
There are few undrafted free agents who have played in an NFL regular-season game, Anderson has played in seven. Though he was released by two different teams, he already has more experience than all the drafted and undrafted rookies added to the roster Pittsburgh Steelers roster in 2021.
During his time with the Bucknell Bisons, Anderson proved himself as one of the best defensive linemen in Division I FCS. As early as his sophomore year, he was a First Team All-Patriot League selection. In his sophomore year, he once again earned First Team All-Patriot League honors as he recorded 55 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and five pass breakups. By his senior year, Anderson was given AP FCS Second Team All-American, and left the Bisons as one of the most accomplished players in the history of their program.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a reasonable amount of depth on the defensive line, depth that includes recently drafted lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk. Anderson, however, has some measure of experience on his side that could help through training camp.
As was the case with fellow lineman Henri Mondeaux, his road to the active roster could be on the practice squad or on special teams. If he is able to maintain some type of status on the roster, his opportunity could come when he least expects it.