Steelers news: A second wave of roster cuts, Watt praises George Pickens, and more

  • One surprising player released today
  • T.J. Watt praises George Pickens
  • Josh Dobbs could start for the Cardinals
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This is a very important time of year for all 32 NFL teams, we can now count down the hours until the deadline for every team to be roster compliant. Some teams are waiting to release a flood of players all at once. The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking a different approach.

Since the end of their preseason finale, the Steelers have been making preemptive moves as they inch closer to finalizing their 53-man roster. After trading Kevin Dotson on Sunday evening, Pittsburgh announced a second wave of cuts. The rest will take place over the next 24 hours. Here's the latest Steelers news.

Steelers news:

After an initial wave of roster cuts over the weekend, the Steelers made another round of cuts on Monday. This time they released CB Lavert Hill, DL Manny Jones, LB Tanner Muse, OLB Doby Ndukwe, OT Le'Raven Clark, OL William Dunkle, QB Tanner Morgan, RB Darius Hagans, S Jalen Elliott, and S Kenny Robinson.

Of the players who were released, Muse was the most surprising name on the list so far. Many believed he would be the fifth and final off-ball linebacker on the Steelers roster in 2023. This won't be the case.

In addition to Muse being cut, Kenny Robinson is a name who impressed during Steelers training camp, but he was exposed too often in the passion game during the preseason. The Steelers must be down to just 53 players on their roster by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday.

More Steelers news:

In other Steelers news, T.J. Watt joined The Pat McAfee Show where he praised George Pickens -- calling him a 'genetic freak.' Watt expressed that he still doesn't think Pickens knows how good he really is, and hinted that the ceiling is limitless when it comes to the second-year wide receiver.

Watt knows a thing or two about NFL talent. Pickens was very limited in exhibition action this summer, but he finished the preseason catching 3 passes on 3 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown (and came up just inches shy of another score on a spectacular catch in the Falcons game). Pickens is poised for a breakout year in 2023.

NFL news:

In NFL news, a former Pittsburgh Steelers player is making headlines. Quarterback Josh Dobbs was recently traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Arizona Cardinals. Shortly after the trade, Arizona released veteran quarterback, Colt McCoy.

It now looks like the Cardinals will decide between Dobbs and rookie Clayton Tune as their starting quarterback while Kyler Murray is out with an injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. This could be a great opportunity for the former Steelers fourth-round pick to revive his career.

Dobbs joined the Titans for 11 games last year where he made 2 starts and completed 40 of 68 passes for 411 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. The 28-year-old QB will give Arizona depth at the QB position in 2023.