Scratch two more St. Vincent sleepers. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut 13 players to get to the NFL’s mandated roster limit of 75, and leading the list were wide receiver C.J. Goodwin and safety Ian Wild. Both Goodwin and Wild had been touted as St. Vincent’s sleepers, for their better than expected performance at Steelers training camp in St. Vincent’s Latrobe.
- However, neither will make the final 53 man roster.
Goodwin had drawn praise early in camp, and was widely expected to be the Steelers 6th wide receiver should the Steelers keep that many. However, as camp progressed he feel behind Tyler Murphy and Shakim Phillips, and not even Martavis Bryant‘s suspension could help Goodwin earn a roster spot.
- Ian Wild came on late, and drew lavish praise from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
Wild was listed as a safety, but also saw double duty as an inside linebacker. However, Wild could not do enough to impress coaches on special teams where Jordan Dangerfield as been a stand out. Wild’s departure also marks a bit of good, albeit temporary news for Steelers 7th round pick Gerod Holliman who looked good in “football in shorts” but whose name has not been heard during preseason.
Steelers Make 11 Other Cuts
The Steelers also cut 11 other players:
Tight End, Cameron Clear (waived/injured)
Tight End, Ray Hamilton (waived/injured)
Defensive End, Niko Davis (waived/injured)
Guard, Miles Dieffenbach
Wide Reciever, Kenzel Doe
Running Back, Braylon Heard
Defensive End, Joe Kruger
Defensive Tackle, Joe Okafor
Offensive Line, Collin Rahrig
Cornerback, Jordan Sullen
Offensive Tackle, Kevin Whimpey