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Steelers Release Initial 53-Man Roster for 2020

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The Steelers set their initial 53-man roster for the 2020 season, making 27 cuts on Saturday to get from their 80-man training camp roster to the limit by the 4 p.m. deadline.

Here’s the team’s initial roster for 2020:

QUARTERBACK

2 Mason Rudolph
6 Devlin Hodges
7 Ben Roethlisberger

RUNNING BACK

24 Benny Snell
26 Anthony McFarland, Jr.
30 James Conner
38 Jaylen Samuels

WIDE RECEIVER

11 Chase Claypool
13 James Washington
14 Ray-Ray McCloud
18 Diontae Johnson
19 JuJu Smith-Schuster

FULLBACK

44 Derek Watt

TIGHT END

81 Zach Gentry
85 Eric Ebron
89 Vance McDonald

CENTER

53 Maurkice Pouncey
60 J.C. Hassenauer

GUARD

61 Stefen Wisniewski
66 David DeCastro
69 Kevin Dotson
71 Matt Feiler

TACKLE

72 Zach Banner
76 Chukwuma Okorafor
78 Alejandro Villanueava

DEFENSIVE END

91 Stephon Tuitt
96 Isaiah Buggs
95 Chris Wormley
97 Cameron Heyward

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

73 Carlos Davis
94 Tyson Alualu

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

48 Bud Dupree
56 Alex Highsmith
90 T.J. Watt
92 Ola Adeniyi

INSIDE LINEBACKER

27 Marcus Allen
41 Robert Spillane
54 Ulysees Gilbert, Jr.
55 Devin Bush
98 Vince Williams

CORNERBACK

20 Cameron Sutton
22 Steven Nelson
23 Joe Haden
26 James Pierre
28 Mike Hilton
31 Justin Layne

SAFETY

33 Curtis Riley
34 Terrell Edmunds
37 Jordan Dangerfield
39 Minkah Fitzpatrick

SPECIALIST

4 Jordan Berry
9 Chris Boswell
57 Kameron Canaday

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Steelers Host P Jordan Berry, LB Ray Wilborn for Free Agent Visits

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The Steelers hosted former punter Jordan Berry and linebacker Ray Wilborn for free agent visits on Monday, according to the NFL transactions report.

Berry, 29, was the Steelers primary punter from 2015-19 before being released just before the start of the 2020 season and replaced by veteran Dustin Colquitt.

Berry has averaged 44.2 yards per punt in his NFL career and averaged 45.5 yards per kick in 2019. Colquitt has averaged 43.1 yards per punt with the Steelers, the second-lowest average in his 16-year NFL career.

The Steelers originally signed the Australian Berry as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Kentucky in 2015, and he beat out incumbent Brad Wing, who was traded to the New York Giants.

In addition to Colquitt, the Steelers have also had rookie free agent Corliss Waitman on their practice squad all season.

Wilborn is a rookie that was with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason after signing as a free agent out of Ball State. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Wilborn played both safety and linebacker for the Cardinals, but projected to be a linebacker in the NFL.

He started 12 games at outside linebacker in his junior year and 12 games at safety in his senior year at Ball State after spending two seasons at Garden City (Ks.) Community College. Wilborn is a Lansing, Michigan native.

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Injured Steelers OL Stefen Wisniewski Returns to Practice, Remains on IR

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Steelers offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski returned to practice on Wednesday, but remains on the team’s injured reserve as the team began the process of returning him to the active roster.

Wisniewski suffered a pectoral injury during the Steelers’ season opener against the New York Giants and has missed each of the team’s last three games.

Three games is the minimum amount of time that player can spend on injured reserve before being reactivated, in a rule change for the 2020 season. Now that Wisniewski has begun practicing, the Steelers have 21 days to either reinstate him to the active roster or return him to the injured reserve for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Wisniewski’s return from injury would come at a good time for the Steelers, as starting center Maurkice Pouncey and starting right guard David DeCastro are both expected to miss practice time this week with injuries.

The Steelers signed Wisniewski to a two-year contract this offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs in order to serve as the team’s primary backup at both center and guard.

While Wisniewski was injured, rookie guard Kevin Dotson played at right guard while DeCastro missed time and first-year center J.C. Hassenauer filled in for Pouncey.

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Chase Claypool Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Steelers rookie wide receiver Chase Clayool has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, officially recognizing his phenomenal performance on Sunday.

Claypool scored 4 total touchdowns, 3 receptions and 1 on the ground, against the Eagles, which set a new Steelers record by a rookie in a single game.

The Notre Dame product has quickly emerged as not only one of the best rookies in a class that included 10 other receivers being drafted ahead of him, but also one of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite targets. Claypool even talked about Roethlisberger anticipating his big game.

In his the first four games of his NFL career, Claypool has caught 13 balls for 261 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. With Roethlisberger’s propensity to spread the ball around and teammate Diontae Johnson’s health continuing to be in question, it would not be surprising if this AFC Offensive Player of the Week is simply just the first individual honor he receives this season.

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