Steelers: Roster cuts made early


The Pittsburgh Steelers cut down their roster to the mandated 75 players prior to Tuesday’s 4:00 pm EST deadline. They announced on Monday afternoon that their trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for kicker Josh Scobee was official and that the team had released several players.

The Steelers traded a sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Jaguars in exchange for Josh Scobee.

The Steelers placed offensive tackle Mike Adams on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, making him ineligible to practice or join the active roster until after Week 6. Adams had back surgery prior to the opening of training camp this summer.

On the Reserved/Injured list went second-round draft pick cornerback Senquez Golson and kicker Garrett Hartley.

The team placed tight ends Cameron Clear and Ray Hamilton along with defensive end Niko Davis on their Waived/Injured list.

The players who were released on Monday per the Steelers’ website include guard Miles Diffenbach, wide receiver Kenzel Doe, wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, running back Braylon Heard, defensive end Joe Kruger, defensive tackle Joe Okafor, offensive lineman Colin Rahrig, cornerback Jordan Sullen, offensive tackle Kevin Whimpey and safety Ian Wild.

The Steelers have their final preseason game at home on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers and will have to reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4:00 pm EST.

There are no real surprises from today’s releases. It was a little surprising that the team went out and traded for Scobee as opposed to waiting for a kicker to claim from waivers but a dependable, kicker like Scobee could have potentially gotten picked up before the Steelers could have signed him.

After the preseason they’ve had with kickers, I don’t mind them being a bit aggressive in bringing in a veteran right away.

What are your thoughts on the roster cuts, Steeler Nation?

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