The Pittsburgh Steelers announced two new additions on Friday with the signing of linebacker Robert Spillane and running back Malik Williams to reserve/futures contracts.
We have signed LB Robert Spillane and RB Malik Williams. pic.twitter.com/72uaugD2Yc— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 8, 2019
Spillane was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in May and was released at the end of training camp, only to be re-signed to the practice squad a few days later. Promoted to the 53-man roster in October, he would play his first NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6, but was again let go a few weeks later. The highlight of his career to date might be the interception he recorded against the Steelers in Week 3 of the preseason.
Arguably the career highlight of #Steelers new signing Robert Spillane @14rspillane. An undrafted linebacker out of Western Michigan who recorded this interception in Pittsburgh against Landry Jones in Week 3 of the preseason in 2018 @14rspillane pic.twitter.com/82pqDHUXLa— Simon Chester (@SimonAChester) February 8, 2019
After a encouraging debut training camp with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent, Williams was considered by some observers to be an outside candidate for a roster spot before a shoulder injury ended his season. His highlight in preseason coming against the Miami Dolphins.
HURDLE ALERT! @M4_Ville #MIAvsATL pic.twitter.com/sca2H2vUz6— NFL (@NFL) August 30, 2018
Both should be considered long shots to make the Steelers roster in 2019, but could compete for a place on the practice squad.