Steelers work Devin Gardner out at quarterback

Could Devin Gardner be the second coming of Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh? 

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Could Devin Gardner be the next 'Slash?'

The former Michigan quarterback, signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent last month, saw some reps behind center during Tuesday's OTAs, according to Gardner, who was released by New England prior to joining Pittsburgh, has been projected as a receiver at the NFL level if he's going to stick on a roster.

The Steelers, of course, are no stranger to converted collegiate quarterbacks. Antwaan Randle-El was a starting QB at Indiana, while Hines Ward dabbled as a signal-caller at Georgia. 

Before that, Kordell Stewart made the name 'Slash' famous. After serving as the starting quarterback for three seasons at Colorado, Stewart emerged as a playmaker as a receiver in his first two seasons with Pittsburgh. He took over as the full-time starter at quarterback in 1997 and led the team to the AFC Championship game in 2001.

Gardner has little chance of making the Steelers roster as a quarterback with Landry Jones and Tajh Boyd battling it out for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. 

Former Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy is also trying to make the roster as a receiver.