On man’s tragedy is another man’s opportunity in the NFL and the Steelers are no exception.
Training camp is not yet a week old and the Steelers have already cut Nigel Malone and Omar Hunter, and today they made additional cuts, parting ways with long snapper Luke Ingram. As “Paper Champions” of Behind the Steel Curtain observed, veteran Steelers long snapper Greg Warren will sleep soundly tonight.
The Steelers waived Ingram to claim former Pitt DB Buddy Jackson off of waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson made it into the league as a undrafted rookie free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, but got waived in camp. The Washington Redskins carried him on their roster for the last 7 games of the 2012 campaign.
Jackson is the second defensive back the Steelers have added this week, when earlier they signed Ryan Steed, who spent time in 2012 with the New Orleans Saints.
Things change quickly in the NFL. Just one week ago when the Steelers began training camp, defensive back was not considered a need, but rather one of their deepest positions. However, cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke, himself fighting for roster spot, is out with a mild-to serious knee injury and Cortez Allen is out with an injury thought to be more minor. 5th round draft pick Terry Hawthorne is also out with an injury.
Presumably Steed and Jackson were brought on to be training camp bodies, but Mike Tomlin and Carnell Lake will give both men a fair shot at earning a roster spot.