PITTSBURGH — The Steelers have released wide receiver Rico Bussey Jr., according to a report by Brooke Pryor of ESPN.
Bussey joined the team on May 1 as an unheralded undrafted free agent out of Hawaii. He bounced between the second-team and third-team during training camp and quickly developed a glowing rapport with third-string quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The highlight of Bussey’s preseason was a big 24-yard catch from Haskins against the Philadelphia Eagles. The pair hooked up for a number of touchdowns during camp practices.
Over the preseason, Bussey racked up five receptions for 49 yards. However, it was likely his performance in training camp that convinced the Steelers to potentially keep him around on the practice squad. Should he clear waivers, Pryor reports that the Steelers would like Bussey to join their practice squad.
Over five seasons at North Texas and Hawaii, Bussey racked up 2215 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection in 2018 with the Mean Green.
The Steelers are now down to 68 players and must be down to their final 53-man roster by Tuesday at 4 p.m. Sixteen players will also have to be added to the practice, with Bussey likely assuming one of those spots.