The Pittsburgh Steelers are going about trimming their roster to the league mandated 53 players differently than they have in the past. In the past, the team has waited until the deadline to get their roster cuts released, but this year the team has started releasing players days ahead of the deadline.
The NFL has told all teams to have their roster to 53 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, and the Steelers already made nine players cut official over the weekend. You can now make that ten total players with reports now of the team parting ways with linebacker Jamar Watson.
This per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:
Steelers have released LB Jamar Watson, per source.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 30, 2021
Watson was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kentucky following the 2021 NFL Draft, and although was able to make it through the first wave of cuts, seems to have been given his outright release.
Could Watson be a practice squad candidate? That has yet to be seen, but the Steelers will have to complete their roster cuts before they can consider bringing back 16 players to make up the expanded practice squad roster.
Watson now joins the following players as the most recent cuts:
TE Marcus Baugh
RB Tony Brooks-James
CB Shakur Brown
WR Anthony Johnson
S Lamont Wade
WR Matthew Sexton
CB Lafayette Pitts
DT T.J. Carter
OG Malcolm Pridgeon
The Steelers have practice at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex both Monday and Tuesday prior to cuts needing to be made official, so more news and notes could be coming over the next 48 hours. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers, and be sure to follow the 53-man Roster Tracker below: