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Posted on May 20 2017 - 12:43pm by Josh Powers
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Steelers commit to starting young players after cutting Green, Warren

Photos courtesy Steelers Depot, City of Champions Sports

The Steelers startled some by cutting loose veteran tight end Ladarius Green and long-time long snapper Greg Warren on Thursday. Each failed his physical.

The transactions come just days after concluding rookie mini-camp on the SouthSide. Some analysts predicted the Steelers would select a tight end at the NFL draft last month considering Green’s injury history and little reliable depth at the position. Warren self-reported that a previously undisclosed injury led him and the Steelers to part ways, shedding some light on the head-scratching choice of Louisville’s Colin Holba in the 6th round of the draft.

What the Steelers lack at tight end they more than make up for at running back and wide receiver, adding physical presences in James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster to the offense. Unlike members of previous draft classes, the Steelers’ #3B and #2 picks respectively look to contribute right away, adding flexibility for the workloads of LeVeon Bell and one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL.

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