Busy Monday morning for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who appear ready to announce a slew of transactions. Yesterday, we know three players participating in rookie minicamp appeared to have earned NFL contracts. Today, Ian Rapoport tweeted there’s a 4th, OT Damian Prince, expected to be added to the 90 man roster later today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 13, 2019
At Maryland, Prince played at right tackle opposite of 7th round pick Derwin Gray. As we recently wrote about, the two actually grew up just blocks from each other growing up, making this signing come full circle for their careers. Poor workout numbers caused him to participate on a tryout basis but clearly, his play on the field was impressive enough to earn a deal.
The Steelers are normally good for signing 1-2 tryout players but four is an unusually high number.
Pittsburgh is also expected to sign WR Johnny Holton, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
The #Steelers are signing WR Johnny Holton, source says. Holton was waived by the #Eagles last week after three years on and off with the #Raiders. Pittsburgh will now see what they can do with Holton’s speed.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 13, 2019
A UDFA from Cincinnati, Holton broke into the league with the Oakland Raiders in 2016. He’s been used as a vertical threat when he’s managed to see the field. In 2017, he caught only nine passes but averaged more than 24 yards per reception and found the end zone three times. That included a 64 yard touchdown versus Denver.
Holton, who ran 4.42 at his Pro Day years ago, was signed by Philadelphia this winter before being waived five days ago.
In all, that’s five new additions to the Steelers’ roster. Meaning there will be five corresponding moves, either players moving to IR or being cut outright.