The Pittsburgh Steelers have only been at training camp for a few days, but there has already some roster turnover after the team announced the release of veteran tackle Bryce Harris and the signing of cornerback Malik Reaves on Thursday.
We have signed CB Malik Reaves to a one-year contract, and released OL Bryce Harris with the designation of non-football illness.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 26, 2018
Having failed his conditioning test on Wednesday, it is perhaps no surprise to see that Harris has been let go, but it is interesting to note his release was given a non-football illness designation.
Reaves first signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent earlier in the year following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp. Hailing from Villanova, the scouting report on Reaves suggests a player who will be little more than a camp body. As per Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
“Reaves has good size and toughness and shows pretty good awareness from zone, but his lack of athletic ability and closing burst make it hard for him to make plays on the ball in any coverage. Reaves may get a look at safety, but he could be a longshot to make a roster.”
With several veteran names on the roster at cornerback, Reaves will face a stiff challenge to make the opening day roster and his best shot at remaining with the Steelers is most likely as a member of the practice squad.