The Pittsburgh Steelers have started the process of trimming their roster down.
The Steelers made quite a few roster cuts and moves in the past two days, but this morning (Sept. 5th), they made the most moves. The Steelers have released running backs Jawon Chisholm and Josh Harris, defensive linemen Matt Conrath, Ethan Hemer and Mike Thornton, safeties Jordan Dangerfield, Alden Darby and Gerod Holliman, offensive linemen Reese Dismukes, B.J. Finney and Doug Legursky, cornerbacks Kevin Fogg and B.W. Webb, linebackers L.J. Fort, Shayon Green and Howard Jones, and wide receivers Shakim Phillips and Jarrod West.
The Steelers’ most notable moves from the roster cuts come from players Shakim Phillips, Josh Harris, Doug Legursky, and B.W. Webb. Shakim Phillips, an undrafted rookie, made his way to the Steelers and made big plays in the preseason. He had notable catches and most people thought he would stay on the roster. However, the Steelers had other plans and cut him but kept rookie receiver Tyler Murphy.
Josh Harris, who was on the team last year, was also cut due to poor performance this preseason. During the game against the Carolina Panthers, former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch said, “Josh Harris has to play well or he’s going to play his way off the roster.” Due to lack of performance, Harris did just that and played himself right off the roster.
Doug Legursky, who was just signed this past month to replace the injured Maurkice Pouncey was also released. It was a move that left Steelers fans scratching their heads wondering who would be the replacement then until Pouncey is able to return. However, the Steelers believed they had enough faith in Cody Wallace to be a solid replacement until Pouncey returns.
B.W. Webb was another victim of the roster cuts. Webb was quiet through most of the preseason and training camp, but had a strong last couple of games when the Steelers took on the Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers. However, that wasn’t enough to keep the cornerback on the roster.
Also falling victim to roster moves was punter Brad Wing. In the punter battle it was Wing vs. fellow Australian punter Jordan Berry. Berry won the battle by having a much better preseason and camp than Wing. However, Wing was not cut. On September 4th, the New York Giants announced that they had cut their veteran punter Steve Weatherford and had traded with the Steelers to acquire Wing. The Steelers then received a seventh round draft pick from the Giants.
The Steelers 53 man roster is completed and here are the results:
Quarterbacks: Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick, and Landry Jones.
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Tyler Murphy, and Sammie Coats.
Running Backs: Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, and Dri Archer.
Tight Ends: Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, and Jesse James.
Fullbacks: Will Johnson and Roosevelt Nix.
Offensive Linemen: Kelvin Beachum (LT), Alejandro Villanueva (LT), Ramon Foster (LG), Chris Hubbard (LG), Maurkice Pouncey (C), Cody Wallace (C), David DeCastro (RG), and Marcus Gilbert (RT).
Defensive Linemen: Cameron Heyward (DE), Cam Thomas (DE), Steve McLendon (NT), Daniel McCullers (NT), Stephon Tuitt (DE), and L.T. Walton (DE).
Linebackers: Arthur Moats, Bud Dupree, Anthony Chickillo, Ryan Shazier, Sean Spence, Terence Garvin, Lawrence Timmons, Vince Williams, Jarvis Jones, and James Harrison.
Cornerbacks: William Gay, Antwon Blake, Doran Grant, Cortez Allen, Brandon Boykin, and Ross Cockrell.
Safeties: Mike Mitchell, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, and Ross Ventrone.
Special Teams: Jordan Berry (P), Josh Scobee (K), and Greg Warren (LS).