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.