The Pittsburgh Steelers made their first set of transactions of training camp on Wednesday as a wide receiver was added to the roster and a cornerback was waived.
According to the Steelers, wide receiver Brandon Reilly was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions on Wednesday and rookie cornerback Alexander Myres was waived with a non-football illness designation to make room for the new player on the roster.
Reilly was originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2017 out of Nebraska and has also since spent time on their practice squad and the practice squads of the Dallas Cowboys and Lions. At Nebraska, Reilly caught 70 passes for 1275 yards and 6 touchdowns in the 41 games that he played in. At his 2017 pro day, Reilly measured in at 6016, 202-pounds and reportedly ran his 40-yard-dash in 4.47-seconds.
The Steelers likely claimed Reilly due to the team being down a few wide receivers. Not only has wide receiver Johnny Holton missed time at the start of training camp due to a hamstring injury, veteran wide receiver Donte Moncrief is now sidelined with a finger injury he sustained during the team’s Monday training camp practice.
As for Alexander, he had yet to practice thus far during the team’s 2019 training camp. Of this year’s group of undrafted free agents signed by the Steelers, Myres received the largest signing bonus, $20,000.
At his Houston pro day earlier this year, Myres reportedly measured in at 5110, 192-pounds and ran his 40-yard-dash in 4.53-seconds. After staring his college career at Ouachita Baptist, Myres transferred to Houston in 2016 and was promptly redshirted that season. In his final two seasons at Houston, Myres reportedly played in 24 total games and registered 97 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 12 total pass breakups.