The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Vegas Vipers running back John Lovett. Lovett becomes the 36th XFL player to sign with a NFL team since the end of the regular season. He is only the second Viper to make an NFL roster, joining TE Brandon Dillon who signed a 1 year deal with the Washington Commanders.
Lovett is joining a Pittsburgh running back room that features Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren, Anthony McFarland Jr, and Jason Huntley. Lovett is going to have to compete to make the final 53 roster cut later this year, but he may be able to see some action in the upcoming preseason games.
Starting his collegiate career at Baylor, Lovett had three great seasons with the Bears before transferring to Penn State for his senior season. Across those three seasons, Lovett put up 1,673 rushing yards in 37 games with 5.4 yards per carry. He didn’t quite get to showcase his hands as much in college, but he proved this year with the Vegas Vipers that he can pose a significant threat in the receiving game.
Lovett played in all 10 games for the Vipers last season. He had 227 rushing yards on 59 attempts, with 3.8 yards per carry. Lovett added 3 rushing touchdowns as well. John Lovett also was a receiving threat out of the backfield, bringing in 269 receiving yards on only 14 receptions, with 2 receiving touchdowns as well. Lovett, who will only turn 24 next month, has a great opportunity to possibly slide into a 3rd down back and Special Teams role for the Steelers. He will replace the injured Alfonzo Graham, who tore his labrum this past Saturday in practice.
John Lovett Highlights
The XFL recently posted a highlight reel of John Lovett’s best plays from the season:
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