There are certain nuances NFL organizations use on a yearly basis with several players. You draft a prospect who you know will need time to develop. You roll the dice and hope after cutting him he clears waivers and you can sign him to your practice squad. There, you can keep him in the system, working with the coaches, getting acclimated to life in the NFL.
However, you are playing with fire as any NFL team can sign players from other team’s practice squad if they are in need of a player. This is what happened Friday with Pittsburgh Steelers sixth round draft pick Travis Feeney. He has now been signed by the New Orleans Saints, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Feeney, a Washington product, was very light for the outside linebacker position, but Pittsburgh was hopeful he could develop into a sub package player, and a special teams ace for the future.
It doesn’t seem that will be happening anytime soon, but there is still a chance Feeney could find himself back in the Steel City if the Saints aren’t pleased with his production and decide to let him go. Until then, it looks like Feeney will get a chance to be on an active NFL roster for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, and for that we here at BTSC wish him luck.