NFL cut down day has become something highly anticipated by fans across the league. Seeing if their “diamond in the rough” makes the roster or if their team parted ways with a particular player many feel should have been cut loose years ago, dissecting the initial 53-man roster feels like a true start to the regular season. But for those players who got the dreaded call on Saturday, Sunday brings a new day and perhaps a new opportunity to continue their NFL dream.
Welcome to the NFL practice squad.
After players with 4 or less accrued seasons clear waivers, each team can sign players to their official practice squad. This season, the practice squad was expanded to 16 players and 6 of those players can be of unlimited accrued seasons (and therefore are players who were not subject to waivers). The players on the practice squad can be promoted by the Steelers or signed by other NFL teams, but for 2020 each team can protect up to 4 players from Tuesday on each week who can’t be claimed by another team until after their game. And don’t forget, each week a team can promote up to 2 players from the practice squad to the active roster without having to make remove another player.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, they announced 14 players of their 2020 16-man practice squad Sunday, and the list of players is below:
RB Trey Edmunds
OT Derwin Gray
OT Anthony Coyle
OT Jarron Jones
TE Kevin Rader
WR Deon Cain
WR Amara Darboh
DL Daniel McCullers
DL Henry Mondeaux
LB Jayrone Elliott
S Curtis Riley
S Antoine Brooks Jr.
CB Trajan Bandy
P Corliss Waitman
So far, all players from the practice squad came from the Steelers 2020 training camp roster. The breakdown comes as 7 players on offense, 6 on defense, and one kicker. The Steelers most likely have two available spots as they look to sign other players who may still need to clear waivers, such as Devlin Hodges, or if a player is exploring other options for a 53-man roster before signing back with the Steelers. Chances are the final two spots will be filled in the next 24 hours.
The practice squad can change, just like the team’s 53-man roster can certainly change between now and the Week 1 game vs. the New York Giants. For this reason, stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for any updates on any roster moves and all Steelers news as they prepare for the kickoff of the 2020 season.
The Steelers are reportedly signing Devlin Hodges to the practice squad if he clears waivers according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dulac also reports the other spot will be filled by running back Wendell Smallwood.
The return of Josh Dobbs means Devlin Hodges, who started six games in 2019, will be placed on the practice squad. The Steelers announced the signing of 14 players to the practice squad, leaving open two spots. Hodges and RB Wendell Smallwood are expected to fill those spots.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 6, 2020