The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a mini-winning streak early in the 2023 season. Right now, all of the attention is on Kenny Pickett, Matt Canada, and a (hopefully) improved Steelers offense. However, Omar Khan and Andy Weidl are keeping busy behind the scenes in the front office.
As Mike Tomlin prepares to face the Houston Texans on the road in search of his third straight win, Pittsburgh has shuffled some players on their practice squad and made a few roster moves in the event that a player must be called up to the active roster. Around the NFL, teams are actually starting to take notice of this team after their performance against the Raiders in Week 3. Here's the latest Steelers news.
The Steelers made a number of roster moves to their practice squad on Wednesday, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports. Pittsburgh released cornerback Kalon Barnes from the practice squad and signed WR Jalen Camp in his place.
Camp was originally drafted by the Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. After getting released by Jacksonville, Camp spent some time with the Texans in 2022 and was elevated to the roster for two games last season. Camp is one of three receivers currently on the practice squad and it's unclear which receiver will be promoted to the active roster in the event of another injury at the position.
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In addition to these moves, the Steelers have signed punter Brad Wing to their practice squad. Wing was a former punter for Pittsburgh back in 2014 and spent three years with the Giants from 2015 to 2017. The veteran hasn't punted in an NFL game in over five years.
With Pressley Harvin III playing well, this is no doubt just a precautionary measure in case Harvin suffers an injury. Wing has averaged 44.7 yards per punt during his NFL career while pinning 30.8 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line, per Pro Football Reference.
In NFL circles, the Pittsburgh Steelers are making a bit of headway in the latest NFL power rankings. Following their Week 3 performance against the Raiders, Eric Edholm of NFL.com has Mike Tomlin's team moving up to 16th in his weekly power rankings entering Week 4.
This is an improvement of just one spot since narrowly topping the Cleveland Browns in a slopfest in Week 2. However, considering the Steelers sat at 19th in the NFL power rankings following an embarrassing loss to the 49ers in Week 1, this is a small step in the right direction. Some outlets have catapulted Pittsburgh to as high as 7th overall following their second straight win.