The Pittsburgh Steelers trimmed down their roster Saturday to the league-mandated 53 players, but in doing so, they have left themselves mighty thin at that outside linebacker position.
Not only did the team cut former fifth-round draft pick Chris Carter on Saturday, they also waived undrafted free agent Howard Jones, the player he was supposedly battling for a roster spot.
As it currently stands, Jason Worilds, Jarvis Jones and Arthur Moats are the only true outside linebackers currently on the Steelers 53 man roster. While second-year linebacker Terence Garvin is considered to be a player that can play both inside and outside, he wasn’t afforded the opportunity to the play the latter of the two positions during the preseason.
The Steelers still could claim another outside linebacker off of waivers during the next 24 hours, so we’ll have to see if that winds up being their course of action. John Simon, who was waived by the Baltimore Ravens and Shaquil Barrett, who was waived by the Denver Broncos, are two young players that jump out quickly at you when you look at the list of transactions from Saturday.
Simon, who visited Pittsburgh prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, is an Ohio State product, while Barrett, who played for defensive assistant Joey Porter at Colorado State, considered signing with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent back in May.