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49ers sign former Steelers LB, Falcons OL to practice squad



© Eric Hartline | 2021 Aug 12

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed the following players to the team’s practice squad: 

Pos.          Name                                            

LB             Buddy Johnson 

OL             Leroy Watson 

Johnson (6-3, 235) was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (140th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2021, he appeared in four games and registered two tackles on special teams. Johnson was waived by Pittsburgh on August 30, 2022. 

A 23-year-old native of Dallas, TX, Johnson attended Texas A&M University (2017-20) where he appeared in 47 games (23 starts) and registered 210 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. 

Watson (6-5, 270) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2022. He was waived by Atlanta on August 30, 2022. 

A 24-year-old native of Snellville, GA, Watson attended the University of Texas at San Antonio (2019-21) after transferring from Hutchinson (KS) Community College. Watson appeared in 37 games (24 starts) as a tight end at UTSA and registered 25 receptions for 297 yards and two touchdowns.