The Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with offensive guard Collin Rahrig after the former Indiana Hoosier went undrafted but played his heart out during the preseason. Although the move may have surprised some, Rahrig’s departure certainly won’t be the only cut on Tuesday that may be unexpected. The Steelers will have to get down to 75 men on their roster by 4 p.m.
The preseason cuts are generally a tough period as many players that looked like they may give NFL teams like the Steelers depth. While some are harder to see go than others, the predictions are often wrong. Even snaps in preseason games do not guarantee a player will stick it out – Rahrig a perfect example of just that. He played just under 50 snaps in the preseason.
The Steelers essentially dismissed tight end Cameron Clear, defensive end Niko Davis and tight end Ray Hamilton by placing them on the waived/injured list.
Miles Dieffenbach (offensive guard), Kenzel Doe (wide receiver), C.J. Goodwin (wide receiver), Braylon Heard (running back), Joe Kruger (defensive end), Joe Okafor (defensive tackle), Jordan Sullen (cornerback), Kevin Whimpey (offensive tackle) and Ian Wild (safety) were all released.
The Steelers have several players along the offensive line that are likely to exit via cuts. After bringing back Doug Legursky and sliding Cody Wallace in at center to fill in for an injured Maurkice Pouncey, B.J. Finney and Reese Dismukes look more expendable. Mitchell Van Dyk is also a likely candidate, although he would make a decent scout team addition.
Other cuts ahead may include the following players (as the Steelers trim to 53-man roster):
Jarrod West (WR), David Nelson (WR), Brad Wing (P), Garrett Hartley (K – likely to request injury settlement), Jawon Chisholm (RB), Matt Conrath (DE), L.J. Fort (LB), Shayon Green (LB), Mike Thornton (DT) and Jordan Zumwalt (LB, rumored to be a coach Joey Porter’s black list).