- Jeremy Fowler, ESPN Senior NFL Writer
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A natural association when the Steelers snagged Devin Gardner off waivers was Kordell Stewart and Antwaan Randle El, though Steelers.com's Bob Labriola squashed any "Slash" comparisons with Gardner, who's a camp body until proven otherwise.
But it's worth noting that the Steelers have signed two quarterbacks-turned-receivers in Gardner and Boston College's Tyler Murphy, who might have the better chance to make the team.
Murphy wasn't an elite passer at Boston College, but he was electric in the running game, using his 6-foot-2, 213-pound frame to rush for 1,184 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. The Florida Gators transfer reportedly runs the 40-yard-dash in the 4.58 to 4.62 range, which is faster than Gardner's 4.65 range.
While Gardner had trouble keeping the Michigan job in two-plus years as the starter, Murphy flourished in one season with BC, leading the Eagles to a seven-win season.
Both players are considered long shots to make the team, but Murphy could have more upside at receiver than Gardner. Neither seem like viable quarterback options. Tajh Boyd would be ahead of them on any depth chart and he'll enter the summer as the fourth quarterback.
Both college quarterbacks are considered long shots to make the Pittsburgh roster.