Faced with the prospect of going up against a San Diego Charger’s team loading with weapons in the passing game, the Steelers cut Dallas Baker and signed corner back Roy Lewis from their practice squad, reports the Post-Gazette.
- The Steelers are missing starters Desha Townsend and Bryant McFadden, and had signed veteran corner back Fernando Bryant earlier in the week.
Drafted in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Dallas Baker won high praise from Mike Tomlin during the off season. He did play in eight games as the Steelers 4th wide receiver, but only managed one catch.
Roy Lewis was an undrafted rookie free agent who impressed during the preseason. He did not make the final cut, but the Steelers were able to keep him on the practice squad. In cutting Baker and elevating Lewis, the continues the trend that has seen undrafted free agent rookies out shine the Steelers day two draft picks.
Dallas Baker’s departure with the team could be short lived, however, as the Steelers could resign him as early as next week, if he clear waivers. The Steelers would likely make such a move, as they only have four wide receivers on their roster, and tight end Heath Miller is out with a dreaded “high ankle sprain.”