The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a slew of early offseason moves.
Punter Jordan Berry has been locked down for another season, signing a one-year contract on Thursday.
Berry has been in a Steelers uniform since 2015.
“It’s pretty exciting to get it all finished, get it all sorted out, and get it done early,” said Berry. “I love being in Pittsburgh so I am excited to have it done. I don’t have to think about it. I can just focus on training and getting ready for next season, which is the most important part of everything.”
Berry featured in all 16 regular-season games and one postseason game for the Steelers. In the regular season, Berry tallied 2,763 yards on 64 punts, with 26 being downed inside the 20-yard line.
“On my side of things it was a pretty good year,” said Berry. “I improved on the open field punting, the stuff in that area. I am just looking forward to working, putting together what I learned the last few seasons, and put together another good season to help the team out.”
Only one of Berry’s punts have been blocked, which occurred last season.
The Australian featured collegiately at Eastern Kentucky. He went undrafted in 2014, not making an appearance on any roster. The Steelers came calling in 2015, signing him on April 14.
Berry has also been the Steelers’ holder for kicker Chris Boswell. The two joined the Steelers together in 2015. He has also been coached by Danny Smith since his career in black and gold began.
“Danny is there daily making sure we are doing the small things we need to do to get better,” Berry said. “He has been coaching for a long time, so to have that experience helping us, myself, Kameron (Canaday) and Boz (Chris Boswell), it’s beneficial.”
“It’s a combination of him being on top of me, making sure I am putting the work in, as well as me having a few years of experience under my belt.”
Steelers sign Feiler; three to reserve contracts
In addition to Berry, the Steelers re-signed offensive lineman Matt Feiler to a one-year contract.
Feiler went to college at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, featuring in the Pennsylvania State Atheltic Conference (PSAC).
Feiler made five appearances last year for the Steelers, starting one game.
“It was cool. Just getting the first start under your belt, it’s a milestone in my career,” said Feiler. “It’s something to look back on and grow off of. It was a good experience. And any time you can get some playing time and experience on the field, it’s good. I feel like I learned a lot of things already.”
“I learned technique things, when and when not to do things against certain opponents. I am hoping for more opportunities and learn from them.”
The Steelers also signed three players to reserve/future contract: wide receivers Trey Griffey and Tevin Jones and running back James Summers.
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