The Steelers have released wide receiver and kick returner Mathew Sexton as part of nine cuts on Saturday as the works its way to a 53-man roster ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
Sexton signed with the Steelers on March 31 after going undrafted and unsigned out of Eastern Michigan in 2020 and playing with The Spring League.
Despite a humble resume, Sexton impressed at Steelers training camp and was given a chance to earn a role as a receiver and punt returner.
But he had a crucial error in Friday’s preseason finale, muffing a punt that led to a Carolina touchdown.
He finished the preseason with two catches of four targets for 10 yards and five punt returns for 86 yards.
Sexton was released on Saturday along with tight end Marcus Baugh, running back Tony Brooks-James, cornerback Shakur Brown, defensive lineman T.J. Carter, wide receiver Anthony Johnson, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, guard Malcolm Pridgeon and safety Lamont Wade.
The Steelers roster now stands at 71 players. The team still must make 18 more cuts before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to be under the 53-man limit. Of the players released, 16 may be added to the team’s practice squad.