Steelers sign Bill Burr look-alike, fill massive hole at punter

Pittsburgh's new punter has gone viral in the past for bearing a striking resemblance to a famous comedian.

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Less than 24 hours after agreeing to a contract with Russell Wilson on a veteran-minimum deal, the Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off the legal tampering period by adding a big leg to their 2024 roster.

NFL reporter Aaron Wilson confirmed that the Steelers have agreed to terms with former Houston Texans punter, Cameron Johnston.

Johnston was the punter of the Houston Texans for the past three seasons. Before that, he spent two years in Philadelphia. Johnston didn't play in the first four games of the 2023 season, but the Australian-born punter has 95 NFL games under his belt since his NFL career began with the Eagles back in 2018.

In 2023, Johnston finished 14th in the NFL in punt average -- booting the football for an average of 47.7 yards per punt. He also had a career-high 45.5 percent of his punts land inside 20 yards, according to Pro Football Reference.

Steelers new punter went viral for his resemblance to Bill Burr

While his work on the field has been respectable, Cameron Johnston has blown up on social media in the past for another reason: his striking resemblance to well-known comedian, Bill Burr.

This became a trending topic on Twitter back in 2021, and it received so much recognition that Pat McAfee even discussed this will Burr on The Pat McAfee Show in December of the 2021 season.

Be advised: this clip from 'X' of The Pat McAfee Show contains some foul language.

In 2022, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning had a similar discussion with Burr when talking about Cameron Johnston during their Manning Cast of the Bears-Patriots game in 2022.

While being the doppelganger of a well-known comedian has brought Johnston plenty of attention, the punter no doubt wants to be known for his football ability. He will have an opportunity to do just that in Pittsburgh.

Johnston takes over a punting role that was previously held by former Steelers seventh-round pick, Pressley Harvin III. Harvin managed just 43.8 yards per punt in 2023 while placing 38.5 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line last year before being cut by Pittsburgh early in the 2024 offseason.

For a team that plans on running the football effectively and playing great defense, having a punter that can flip the field is essential. Cameron Johnston turned 32 years old in February, but he still has plenty of leg left. He will look to be a notable upgrade at the position for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2024.

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