Steelers sign Isaiah Green to practice squad, release Devin Smith

Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

As the regular season creeps ever closer, the Steelers continue to do their due diligence in fielding the best possible team both on gamedays and for practice.

No one was happier about making the Pittsburgh Steelers final 53-man roster than Isaiah Green.  He was waived the very next day in favor of special teams contributor Antwon Blake.  After clearing waivers with no suitors, Green was signed to the Steelers practice squad on Tuesday.

Green beat out veteran Josh Victorian to be the team's final cornerback, but a lack of quality special teams participants created a need for a person of Blake's skill set; however, Green's proficiency in pass coverage continued to hold a place in the mind of the organization.  Returning to the fold will allow him to continue to grow within the system.

To make room for Green on the scout team, the Steelers parted ways with another cornerback, Devin Smith.  Smith did not draw the same reviews as Green in practices, but his effort continued to demand attention.  He made a beautiful sideline interception during a preseason game, exhibiting good focus, determination and on-field awareness as he caught the pass falling out of bounds while managing to get both feet down in the field of play, and without losing the ball going to the ground.

Perhaps the Steelers will revisit Smith again later in the season as scout team positions become available, but for now they have the man they seemed to want from the beginning in Green.

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