UNITY TWP., Pa. — The Steelers made four transactions on the final day of training camp, adding depth at tight end and long snapper just before departing St. Vincent College.
Joining the team for its final practice near Latrobe were tight end Micky Crum and linebacker/long snapper Christian Kuntz.
Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley and Duquesne alum, had been with the Denver Broncos this spring before being waived on June 14. He spent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018 and the New England Patriots in 2017.
A 6-foot-1, 227 pound linebacker, Kuntz was the first Duquesne player to be selected as a three-time All-American. He was the 2016 NEC Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for FCS Defensive Player of the Year. He holds the NEC career sacks record with 30.5. He added long snapping to his repertoire as a professional.
Crum is a rookie out of Louisville that originally tried out with the San Francisco 49ers during rookie minicamp as an undrafted free agent this spring. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end caught 22 passes for 224 yards as a senior, setting career highs in both categories.
Crum will wear No. 46. Kuntz worked exclusively at outside linebacker in his first practice and will wear No. 99. To make room on the 91-man roster, the Steelers cut linebacker J.T. Jones and cornerback Jermaine Ponder.
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.