The Pittsburgh Steelers made final cuts reducing their roster to 53 members, but had to do some addition to complement their subtraction.
To shore up the thin depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith, the Steelers traded a 6th round pick from the 2023 NFL Draft to the Denver Broncos for outside linebacker Malik Reed and Denver’s 7th round 2023 pick.
They also traded a conditional 7th round pick to the Miami Dolphins for offensive lineman Jesse Davis, strengthening what is the weakest area on the depth chart going into the season.
Some Surprising Cuts
To get to 53 men the Steelers made a number of surprising cuts Joe Haeg, John Leglue, Buddy Johnson, Marcus Allen, Anthony McFarland, and Justin Layne all got visits from The Turk. As expected, Marcus Allen returned to the 53 man roster after the Steelers put safety Damontae Kazee on the short-term injured reserve list. Anthony McFarland and John Leglue have returned via the practice squad.
Still, considering how versatile he was last season and how frequently he was called into action, Joe Haeg’s departure is a minor surprise as is their decision to part ways so quickly with Buddy Johnson. What’s most surprising about Justin Layne’s dismissal isn’t that the Steelers said goodbye, but rather that he was picked up off of waivers by the New York Giants.
First Look at the Steelers 2022 Roster
– No surprise for those who understand franchise philosophy.
– Tomlin’s decision to revert to a backfield that’s 3 deep is a bit disappointing
– Sims beats out Tyler Vaughns for the last slot, Boykin’s experience and special teams ability helps him.
– Excited to see Connor Heyward, but sad to see Kevin Radar go.
– Will “New” = “Improved”?
– Hopefully Alualu’s health holds
– Clutch those rosary beads and ask for intercession for Watt and Highsmith’s health
– Make or break year for Devin Bush
– Steelers have invested heavily here. Time to for it to payoff
– Losing Kazee is a blow. But let’s hope Norwood can shirk the sophmore slump.
Chris Boswell (K)
Pressley Harvin (P)
Christian Kuntz (LS)
– You didn’t remember Kuntz’s name did you? That means he’s doing his job.
Steelers 2022 Practice Squad
Anthony McFarland, Running Back
John Leglue, Offensive Line
Carlos Davis, Nose Tackle
Cody White, Wide Receiver
Hamilcar Rashed, Outside Linebacker
William Dunkle, Offensive line
Ryan McCollum, Offensive line
Elijah Riley, Safety
During COVID-19 the NFL expanded practice squads to 16 and has kept that size, so the Steelers should be adding new players soon.