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Steelers Cut to 53 Players

Steelers Had Some Tough Decisions to Make

The Steelers placed 3rd round draft pick Sean Spence on IR today, then released 20 other players.   The cuts were necessary to get the squad to the league mandated 53 players.

Two veterans that have spent time with the Steelers who were released today are offensive lineman Trai Essex and punter Jeremy Kapinos (Waived/Injured List). Essex has played in 76 career games for Pittsburgh (28 starts) while Kapinos has been the team’s punter for most of the past two seasons.

Other players released were defensive backs Damon Cromartie-Smith, Terrence Frederick and Josh Victorian, linebackers Brandon Hicks and Marshall McFadden, defensive linemen Corbin Bryant, Igbinosun Ikponmwosa and Jake Stoller, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, running back DuJuan Harris, wide receivers Tyler Beiler, Toney Clemons, David Gilreath, Marquis Maze and Derrick Williams, and offensive linemen Ryan Lee, John Malecki and Chris Scott.

Some of the more interesting moves included the decision to go with undrafted rooked Drew Butler as the punter.  Injuries to Jeremy Kapinos led to the opportunity for Butler.   During the pre-season, Butler averaged 45.9 yards and placed 6 of his 28 punts inside the 20 yard line.

Another key move was to keep Charlie Batch after Byron Leftwich won the backup position.   The Steelers decided to keep only 4 receivers, which left David Gilreath for the practice squad.  Gilreath is a talented receiver who caught 4 passes for 78 yards in the second pre-season game .

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One Response to “Steelers Cut to 53 Players”

  1. Paul Rearick says:

    charlie batch should be the back up

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