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Steelers officially announce the signing of CB Herb Waters to the practice squad

Pittsburgh has filled Brian Allen’s vacated spot on the practice squad with a converted cornerback who entered the NFL as a wide receiver in 2016.

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Officially announcing the signing of cornerback Herb Waters on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers have moved quickly to fill an open slot on their practice squad created by the promotion of Brian Allen to the active roster after Nat Berhe was placed on injured reserve.

Originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Waters entered the league as a wide receiver coming out of the University of Miami. Persuaded to switch to the other side of the ball when the Packers needed help at defensive back, Waters had previously played both ways in high school as both a receiver and cornerback, and was recruited to Louisville as a cornerback.

After beginning his rookie season on the practice squad, Waters was promoted to the active roster towards the end of the year and played in two of Green Bay’s postseason games. Heading into 2017 with high expectations, a shoulder injury suffered in training camp led him to ultimately be placed on injured reserve. Despite being re-signed by the Packers in March of 2018, he was released in the final round of cuts back in September.

Given his limited experience at the position, fans shouldn’t expect Waters to be pushing for a place on the active roster anytime soon, but his athleticism and quickness should make him an interesting prospect to keep an eye on as he develops.