5 Steelers who are likeliest to return to the practice squad after initial cuts

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This receiver is flying under the radar this preseason and should come back

There have been many popular names heading into training camp that filled out this receiver room. Many thought players like Cody White and Hakeem Butler would jump right into things and compete for the last couple of spots on this roster. That did not happen as White got injured after having a strong performance in practices at training camp.

Butler was injured late into the preseason process and reverted onto the club's injured reserve. It was bad luck for both players, but White had a better shot at making the roster, or at least the practice squad than Butler ever did. Other players that have gotten a lot of attention when it comes to filling out the bottom of the roster at receiver have been Gunner Olszewski and Miles Boykin.

Those two have now overshadowed someone like Dez Fitzpatrick for the past several weeks. Fitzpatrick has done nothing special this preseason, but he has been consistent and willing to put in the work on special teams. He has translated that into a stadium atmosphere which is always promising to see.

He is still only 25 years old and is a former fourth-round selection of the Tennessee Titans in the 2021 NFL Draft. There is potential with Fitzpatrick and the Steelers should sign him to the practice squad if he can go unclaimed through waivers. He has some talent and the ability he has shown on special teams might be good enough to keep him around.