With less than two months to go until the start of training camp the Pittsburgh Steelers are already down to six original undrafted free agents that they signed a little more than a month ago.
Following the Tuesday waivings of linebacker Tyriq McCord and tight end Jay Rome, the Steelers are now left with just six original players of the ten who were signed in early May. Those six players are punter Will Monday, offensive lineman Quinton Schooley, wide receiver Canaan Severin and defensive linemen Johnny Maxey, Giorgio Newberry and Devaunte Sigler.
Of those six remaining original undrafted free agents, Monday would appear to have the best shot at making the Steelers final 53-man roster this year out of training camp as he only has to beat out last year’s punter, Jordan Berry, for a spot.
While one of the Steelers original undrafted players from a year ago did manage to ultimately make the team’s Week 1 53-man roster out of training camp, that player, wide receiver Tyler Murphy, is no longer with the team now as he decided to sign a futures contract with the Miami Dolphins during the offseason. While Murphy did make the initial 53-man roster last year, he didn’t hold that spot very long as he was the player who was waived to make room for starting running back Le’Veon Bell, who had been reinstated after sitting out the team’s first two games due to a suspension.
Prior to McCord and Rome being waived on Tuesday the Steelers had previously waived rookie undrafted free agents running back Christian Powell and tight end David Reeves.
Other undrafted rookies signed by the Steelers who weren’t part of their original group of 10 include running back Brandon Brown-Dukes and wide receiver Marcus Tucker.