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Calvin Austin III looking to make waves as a returner

PITTSBURGH — Calvin Austin III is back in the Steelers lineup of receivers as he heads into his second year. However, it might as well be his first year with a significant injury cutting his rookie year short before it really ever started.

Regardless, they are finding a role for him in the 2023 offense with his elite speed. Part of that could be on special teams, where Austin has plenty of experience as a punt returner. However, part of the growth for him as a player could come with learning kick returns. He does not have nearly as much experience there after being the primary punt returner at Memphis, but he is more than open to learn.

“You know, I’m open for whatever with special teams,” Austin said. “I’ll even go out there and be a gunner. Whether there’s punt or kick return, I’m confident in both of those. I have a lot of belief that I can be able to do both.”

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