We are on part 49 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s take a look at the former DC Defender:
Weight: 215 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2019 (Bengals)
2019 stats (XFL)
Expires in 2021
$610,000 salary cap number (0.30% of total cap)
$0 Dead money
$610,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Slim but not impossible. Tyree Kinnel has a shot at making this team specifically because the Steelers didn't address this position in the 2020 offseason. Sure, they drafted Antoine Brooks Jr. in the 6th round but that doesn't mean Brooks is a lock to make the team himself. Currently, the Steelers back up safeties, behind Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick, goes as follows:
Antoine Brooks Jr.
It really feels like the back up jobs at this spot could be won by anyone. Dangerfield and Allen have to be the favorites as the vets on the roster, but as career special teamers the Steelers might go in a different direction.
The Covid-19 pandemic is going to hurt everyone who isn't a veteran on the team. The limited practice time mixed with a reported smaller-than-usual training camp roster won't be good for someone like Kinnel.
Kinnel had his moments in the XFL including a 10 tackle game, but through no fault of his own, likely won't be anything more than a practice squad player in 2020.
The Back up safety spots feels like an open competition from top to bottom. Kinnel will have to really impress to win a spot however, as just about everything bad that could happen to a fringe player happened this offseason. That being said, Kinnel has the potential to be one of the former XFL players on the Steelers current roster to actually make the team.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III