Kevin Rader

Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #83
Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #83

Kevin Rader News

Back via future contract

The Steelers signed Rader to a reserve/future contract Thursday.

Analysis: Rader appeared in two games with the Steelers this season, Week 17 and last weekend's wild-card loss to the Browns. The tight end out of Youngstown State will now get an opportunity to continue his development with the organization.

Jan 14, 2021 3:44 PM EST


Waived by Steelers

Rader was released by the Steelers on Monday.

Analysis: Rader suited up for just one game with the Steelers during the 2020 campaign. After bouncing back and forth between the practice squad and active roster, Rader will no longer stay in Pittsburgh.

Jan 11, 2021 3:30 PM EST



Elevated from practice squad

Rader has been activated from the Steelers' practice squad on Saturday.

Analysis: After making his NFL debut for Week 17's game against the Browns, Rader played in 12 special teams snaps and saw one target. The Pittsburgh native will have another chance suit up for Sunday's wild-card game against Cleveland.

Jan 9, 2021 12:58 PM EST


Moves to practice squad

Rader reverted to the Steelers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Rader logged 12 snaps on offense and 12 snaps on special teams in the first NFL action of his career. The Pittsburgh native will reside on the practice squad for the time being, and he could be elevated again if Eric Ebron's stint on the COVID-19 list keeps him out for Saturday's wild-card game against Cleveland.

Jan 5, 2021 12:42 PM EST


Promoted to active roster

Rader was promoted to the Steelers' active roster Saturday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Rader is on track to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Browns with fellow tight end Eric Ebron moving to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Rader is a Youngstown State product, who collected 22 receptions for 272 yards and a pair of scores during his final collegiate season in 2017.

Jan 2, 2021 2:41 PM EST



Retained on practice squad

Rader cleared waivers and signed with the Steelers' practice squad Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Rader was called up from the practice squad in November but never played a game before being cut this week. The Pittsburgh native will stick with the team, adding depth at tight end behind Eric Ebron (back) and Vance McDonald.

Dec 23, 2020 5:10 PM EST


Cut loose by Steelers

The Steelers waived Rader on Monday.

Analysis: Rader was promoted from the practice squad in late November, but he never suited up for a game. If he clears waivers, Rader has a good chance to re-sign with Pittsburgh's practice squad.

Dec 21, 2020 1:20 PM EST


Receives promotion

The Steelers signed Rader to the active roster Tuesday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Rader entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and has yet to make his NFL debut. He could get a chance this week against the Ravens following news that tight end Zach Gentry was placed on injured reserve with a left knee sprain. However, Vance McDonald (illness) could return to the lineup, which may put Rader in healthy scratch territory.

Nov 24, 2020 12:28 PM EST


Back with Pittsburgh

Rader signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Monday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Rader spent most of the season on the Steelers' practice squad, though he was let go briefly during November. The 24-year-old is still looking to make his NFL debut since going undrafted out of Youngstown State in 2018.

Dec 30, 2019 4:45 PM EST


Back on open market

Rader was released by the Steelers on Wednesday.

Analysis: The decision to release Rader was made in order to make room for C.J. Hassenauer. Rader will now hope to find a home elsewhere, but he may have to wait until next season to do so. The 24-year-old tight end has not appeared in a game in 2019.

Nov 20, 2019 12:28 PM EST


Cut by Steelers

Rader was cut by the Steelers on Saturday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rader has spent time with both the Steelers and Packers since going undrafted out of Youngstown State in 2018. He'll now look for a chance elsewhere in the league.

Aug 31, 2019 10:32 AM EST


Inks deal with Steelers

The Steelers signed Rader to a reserve/future contract Wednesday.

Analysis: Rader spent the 2018 preseason in Green Bay after going undrafted out of Youngstown State, but failed to make a 53-man roster during the regular season. The 23-year-old will fight for a depth spot with the Steelers in 2019.

Jan 9, 2019 10:56 AM EST


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