It was a bittersweet day for a number of Steelers on Saturday, as they said good-bye to the dream of suiting up (some again) for the black and gold as the team got down to 53 players in time for Monday night’s game in New Jersey against the New York Giants.
Those cut include:
Quarterback Paxton Lynch
running backs Kerrith Whyte Jr.
running back Trey Edmunds
running back Wendell Smallwood
Receiver Saeed Blacknall
Receiver DeAndre Thompkins
Receiver Deon Cain
Receiver Amara Darboh
Receiver Ryan Switzer
Offensive linemen Christian DiLauro
Offensive Linemen John Keenoy
Offensive Linemen Derwin Gray
Offensive Linemen Anthony Coyle
Offensive Linemen Jarron Jones
Tight End Kyle Markway
Tight End Kevin Rader
Defensive Linemen Cavon Walker
Defensive Linemen Henry Mondeaux
Defensive Linemen Calvin Taylor
Defensive Linemen Daniel McCullers
Linebacker Tuzar Skipper
Linebacker Jayrone Elliott
Defensive Back Trajan Bandy
Defensive Back John Battle
Defensive Back Antoine Brooks Jr.
Punter Corliss Waitman
Long snapper Liam McCullough
The biggest name on the list has to be Switzer, who was a fan favorite and a player who seemed to overcome the odds each season to stay on the roster.
Switzer had just eight grabs last season after 30 in 2018, but a lot of that could be the fact that Ben Roethlisberger was on the sideline for all but one and a half games in 2019.
The wide out only played 81 snaps in 2019, so the writing was on the wall that it was going to be tough for him to make the roster.
Daniel McCullers was probably the other somewhat surprise cut, as the 28-year-old came into the team’s training camp as the only experienced nose tackle.
Defensive ends Tyson Alualu and Chris Wormley took a number of reps at the position, and another player who moved up the chars was that of rookie Carlos Davis.
A lot of things can still happen to the Steelers roster before next Monday, as they will have to ink players to the practice squad, and they also will look around the league at other teams’ cuts and see if there’s any players they would like to bring in.
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