Labriola: Kion Wilson Signed to Practice Squad, Alan Baxter Released


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According to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest, Pittsburgh’s brass reportedly made the following moves earlier today:

I for one do not understand this move one bit, and I am beginning to think that the Steelers’ brass are just making moves just for the sake of making them. In my opinion, it makes no sense to waste a practice squad spot on a veteran who lost his job to a still-developing rookie (Vince Williams) and was released in favor of the useless Stevenson Sylvester earlier this week!

The practice squad is used to develop raw yet talented players with upside who could fill-in at positions of need down the road. With that in mind, it is puzzling why the organization felt the need to release one of their better pass-rushers from the preseason.

At least to me, Pittsburgh needs as much competition at their outside linebacker spots as they can get during the coming seasons.

Remember, the underachieving Jason Worilds will be a UFA this spring and Chris Carter will be one in 2015. Even though the team has LaMarr Woodley and Jarvis Jones locked up for extended periods, the depth at that position will be thin sooner rather than later and Alan Baxter could have at least pushed Carter for playing time next fall.

Then again, confusing moves like these “obviously” appear to be the “new standard” in Pittsburgh.

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