When the Pittsburgh Steelers announced their practice squad Sunday, there was something missing. Not any particular player, but a spot was left available.
The Steelers typically carry 11 players on their practice squad, with one international spot for Christian Scotland-Williamson included, but had only signed 10 players when the announcement came Sunday afternoon.
The team announced their final addition to the practice squad by signing wide receiver Johnny Holton. This per Missi Matthews of Steelers.com:
The #Steelers announced this morning that WR Johnny Holton has been signed to the practice squad. All 10 spots (and 1 International spot) have been filled.— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) September 2, 2019
Holton had a very good preseason for the Steelers, and gives them flexibility with their 53-man roster considering they currently only have 5 wide receivers on their active roster. Holton could, if needed, fill the role Darrius Heyward-Bey vacated last season for the Steelers. Special teams player, and a spot player on offense.
Many might view this as a practice squad, and 53-man roster, as being solidified, but that is hardly the case. If the Steelers were to put someone like Justin Layne, or Ola Adeniyi, on injured reserve, they would be able to move someone, like Holton, to the active roster.
In other words, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the New England Patriots in Week 1.