The Steelers 2016 rookie minicamp opened the door to a dream come true for many, but it also resulted in the closing of a door for others. While coaches caution fans and pundits not to make too much of “football in shorts” Mike Tomlin and his staff already came to a few conclusions based what they saw during the recent rookie minicamp.
We have signed four tryout players that participated in rookie minicamp, and have made other roster moves.https://t.co/ooJv94Ucb1
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 9, 2016
The Steelers signed running backs Cameron Stingily and Brandon Brown-Dukes, along with wide receiver Marcus Tucker and cornerback Donald Washington.
While these four men can breathe easy knowing that their lease on an NFL career will last at least until the Steelers full minicamp, if not training camp at St. Vincent’s itself, the news also meant the four other player will have to pursue their NFL dream somewhere else.
In Through the Out Door
“Cameron Stingily” sounds familiar it should. First, he should not be confused with recently departed free agent tackle Byron Stingily. Instead, Cameron Stingily was part of the Steelers 2015 undrafted rookie free agent class who had suffered a knee injury in last year’s Hall of Fame Game. Prior to that, Cameron Stingily saw action in 35 games at Northern Illinois University.
Marcus Tucker is from Northern Michigan, and at 5’10” and 190 will have to come in under the radar to secure a roster spot at wide receiver. Brandon Brown-Dukes is 5’8” 200 pound running back who’ll look to either secure a spot in the backfield and/or as a returner.