The number of former Steelers enlisted in the 2019 XFL Draft swelled by a dozen on Friday, with former draft picks Sammie Coates and Doran Grant leading the way.
Coates was the Steelers third-round draft pick in 2015 and spent two seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Houston Texans in 2018 and was on the roster of the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason.
Grant taken by the Steelers out of Ohio State in fourth round in 2015 and spent one season with the team, mostly on the practice squad. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and played with the Arizona Hotshots and Atlanta Legends of the AAF last spring.
Joining Coates and Grant in Thursday’s announcement are another nine players that suited up in the Black and Gold.
Defensive ends Winston Craig and Conor Sheehy (2019 preseason), defensive tackle Casey Sayles (2019 preseason), inside linebacker Tegray Scales (2019 preseason), offensive lineman Damian Prince (2019 preseason), punter Ian Berryman (2019 preseason), running back Ralph Webb (2018-19), safety Dravon-Askew Henry (2019 preseason), wide receiver and kick returner Quadree Henderson (2018 preseason), wide receiver Damoun Patterson (2018 preseason) have all also signed up for the upstart spring league.
That group joins the list of players that had already been announced to make 21 total former Pittsburgh Steelers in the XFL draft pool so far, with more players expected to be announced on Friday.
All eight XFL teams will fill 71 slots in a five-phased draft that will take place over two days next week.
Quarterbacks, including former Steelers quarterback Landry Jones, are not a part of the draft and will be assigned to teams by the league.
CB Al-Hajj Shabazz
CB Jack Tocho
DL Winston Craig
DL Casey Sayles
DL Conor Sheehy
LB Terence Garvin
LB Tegray Scales
OL Damian Prince
P Brad Wing
P Ian Berryman
RB Ralph Webb
S Dravon Askew-Henry
TE Cameron Clear
TE Mickey Crum
TE Jake McGee
TE Scott Orndoff
TE Weslye Saunders
WR Demarcus Ayers
WR Quadree Henderson
WR Damoun Patterson
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.