The Steelers have signed long snapper Liam McCullough, released linebacker Leo Lewis and waived/injured wide receiver Anthony Johnson, in addition to making official the signing of linebacker Jayrone Elliott, the team announced on Thursday.
McCullough is a rookie from Ohio State that also spent time this offseason with the Las Vegas Raiders. As a senior, McCullough was a finalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award, which goes to the nation’s top long snapper.
The Steelers have not had a dedicated backup to incumbent long snapper Kameron Canaday on their 80-man roster since camp started. Canaday suffered an injury on Saturday, forcing tight end Vance McDonald and others to work in some long snapping situations.
McCullough and Elliott both worked out for the Steelers this week. Elliott spent five games with the Steelers in 2019 and previously spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.
Johnson suffered a knee injury during practice on Monday and was seen in crutches during practice on Tuesday, according to the team’s pool report. Johnson is a second-year pro that spent 2019 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the Steelers’ injured reserve.
Lewis originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State this April. Lewis played inside linebacker, while Elliott is an outside linebacker.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in signing experienced veterans Curtis Riley and Wendell Smallwood on the eve of camp that he was looking for a more competitive training camp environment with more players with experience instead of unproven rookies.
Steelers Re-Sign WR Anthony Johnson to Practice Squad; Release WR Amara Darboh
The Steelers have re-signed wide receiver Anthony Johnson to their practice squad and released wide receiver Amara Darboh.
Johnson, 25, is in his second professional season out of Buffalo. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver spent the 2020 offseason with the Steelers before suffering a knee injury in training camp.
Teams cannot re-sign players that they’ve reached an injury settlement with for at least three weeks longer than the term of the settlement, which is not publicly disclosed.
The Steelers originally signed Johnson to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 8. He spent the 2019 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers.
In two seasons at Buffalo, Johnson caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led the MAC in receiving yards per game in his junior season.
Darboh joined the Steelers mid-year in 2019 after spending time with the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017.
The Steelers initially signed him to their practice squad on Nov. 18, 2019, then he was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 16, 2019, but did not play in a game. He returned to the Steelers for 2020, was waived at the end of training camp and re-signed to the practice squad.
When Diontae Johnson was injured earlier this season and missed time, the Steelers elevated fellow practice squad receiver Deon Cain ahead of Darboh.
The Steelers’ 16-man practice squad and 53-man roster are both full after the transactions.
Steelers Sign P Jordan Berry, Elevate Trey Edmunds, Jayrone Elliott from Practice Squad
The Steelers officially signed veteran punter Jordan Berry, who previously punted for Pittsburgh from 2015 to 2020, and elevated two players from the practice squad.
Berry came in for a visit this past week after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed to replace Berry right before the start of the regular season.
Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter.
In other news, running back Trey Edmunds and linebacker Jayrone Elliott have both been elevated from the practice squad ahead of the team’s Week 7 game in Tennessee against the Titans. This marks the second time Edmunds has been elevated from the practice squad this season.
Report: Steelers to Sign, Bring Back Punter Jordan Berry
The Steelers are expected to sign Jordan Berry, according to Field Yates. Berry did come in for a visit with the team this past week.
This report comes after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed right before the start of the regular season. Berry, who punted for Pittsburgh from 2015-1019, would be replacing the man who was brought in to replace him. Berry’s contract was terminated following the signing of Colquitt.
Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter before the team’s Sunday road game against the Titans.