The Pittsburgh Steelers made the signing of punter Jordan Berry official on Saturday while also announcing they are are elevating two players from the practice squad. With Steelers fullback Derek Watt ruled out for Sunday’s game, the Steelers have chosen to elevate running back Trey Edmunds from the practice squad to the active roster for Week 7. Additionally, the Steelers are activating outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott for the first time in 2020. After the game, both players will revert back to the Steelers practice squad.
Trey Edmonds is the older brother of Steelers starting safety Terrell Edmunds. A member of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2018, Trey Edmunds appeared in 11 games for the Steelers in 2019 where he had 22 carries for 92 yards. Edmunds also had the Steelers longest run of 2019 of 45 yards. The reason Edmunds made sense for the Steelers to elevate from the practice squad is because he also lined up at the fullback position a handful of times for the Steelers last season.
The other aspect Edmunds brings to the Steelers which was lost by the injury to Derek Watt is his ability to play special teams. In 2019 Edmonds played 49% of the Steelers special teams snaps and had an interception on a fake punt.
When Derek Watt missed the Steelers game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5, Edmunds was also promoted and played 12 special teams and 6 offensive snaps. Edmunds was on the field and delivered a nice block on one of Chase Claypool’s four touchdowns.
Linebacker Jayrone Elliott spent time with the Steelers in 2019 on and off the roster. With the addition of up to six veteran players on the practice squad for 2020, the Steelers could keep Elliott around this season. Exactly how the Steelers plan to use Elliot remains to be seen, but elevating him to the active roster but not having him active on game day would be a foolish move as it would cost the team precious salary cap space. Therefore, look for Elliott be in uniform for the Steelers in Tennessee.
As for the signing of Jordan Berry, it was reported on Friday the Steelers were simply waiting for Berry to clear the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol in order for him to join the team on Saturday.
Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued coverage as the Steelers prepare to take on the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday at 1 PM.