The Steelers released three players on Sunday to get below the 90-man offseason roster limit after signing 10 undrafted free agents and drafting six players over the weekend.
Running back Darrin Hall, wide receiver Jamal Custis and safety Tray Matthews were released on Sunday.
Hall, 23, was signed to a reserve/futures contract by the team in January. He spent part of the 2019 season on the Steelers’ practice squad and was with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers leading up to the 2019 season after graduating from Pitt.
Custis, 24, finished the 2019 season on the Steelers’ practice squad after originally signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse.
Matthews, 25, also finished the 2019 season on the Steelers’ practice squad. Since signing with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn in 2018, Matthews has spent time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers.
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.