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Could Beanie Bishop Become A Returner For The Steelers?

Despite going undrafted, West Virginia's Beanie Bishop was one of the top athletes available in this year's draft. It is important to recognize that his skills go beyond just a defensive back.

Prior to transferring to both Minnesota and West Virginia, Bishop was an all-conference kick returner with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. In his redshirt sophomore year, Bishop registered 676 yards on 28 kickoffs while collecting three interceptions and four pass breakups in the defensive backfield. In addition to being selected for the 2021 All-Conference USA First Team as a defensive back, he was also given an honorable mention as a kick returner.

After transferring from Western Kentucky, Bishop saw few opportunities to showcase his skills as a kick returner. Yet, in last year's Mayo Bowl against North Carolina, Bishop took a punt 78 yards for a score; it was the first time he saw action as a returner since his days with the Hilltoppers.

Despite the new rule changes set this year for kickoffs this season, the Steelers still need returner depth behind All-Pro return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson. Considering how the team values versatility in their players, Bishop may have another avenue he can explore to help him solidify a spot on the roster. 

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