The Pittsburgh Steelers have a vacant roster spot on their 90-man offseason roster with Justin Layne being placed on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 List. In response to that transaction the Steelers have signed journeyman cornerback Curtis Riley.
This per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
Free agent safety Curtis Riley, who started three games for the #Raiders last year, is signing with the #Steelers, source said. He took a physical there today. In 2018, he was an every down starter for the #Giants.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2020
Riley spent the 2019 with the Oakland Raiders where he started three games. He had 34 tackles and one pass defensed while appearing in all 16 games. Undrafted out of Fresno State in 2015, Riley was signed by the Tennessee Titans only to be placed on injured reserve during training camp. Riley spent two additional seasons in Tennessee where he appeared in 11 games and had an interception in 2017.
The 2018 season was where Riley had his best year in the NFL to date. Starting all 16 games with the New York Giants as a safety according to Pro Football Reference, Riley had four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He also added 75 tackles.
During the 2019 season, Riley played 262 snaps on special teams which placed him third on the team in Oakland. To put this number in perspective, the total would have placed fourth on the 2019 Steelers behind Tyler Matakevick (340), Jordan Dangerfield (308), and Johnny Holton (283).
The Steelers will have a decision to make when Layne is placed back on the team’s roster, but Riley will have every opportunity to impress his new team in the meantime. For the latest news on the Steelers as they head into the heart of their training camp, be sure to stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain.