Steelers Sign CB Devin Smith & RB Alvester Alexander; Waive RB Curtis McNeal & DE Cordian Hagans

Due to all the injuries at the cornerback position the Pittsburgh Steelers were down to just six healthy players at the position as they prepare to resume practice on Wednesday. They now have seven as the team announced Wednesday morning that they have signed cornerback Devin Smith along with running back Alvester Alexander.

To make room on the roster the team waived undrafted free agents running back Curtis McNeal and defensive end Cordian Hagans.

Smith, an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, was waived recently by the Dallas Cowboys after signing with them back in April. He measured in at his Pro Day at 5\’10” and weighed 182 pounds.

Alexander was originally signed by the Chicago Bears in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming and has since been on the practice squad of both the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.

  • 2443scott

    mcneal is a surprise here ….from what i been hearing from media was he was doing a nice job …i wonder what alexander showed that they released mcneal for him

  • T R

    yeah i thought mcneal looked pretty good when i saw him when i was out in pittsburgh for training camp last sunday and monday.. oh well…

  • steeltown

    Hmmm.. signing another CB is no surprise but the swapping of RB is.. maybe McNeal is lacking in pass protection..or maybe he has an injury unknown to us

    In any case, im excited to see Le’veon and Stephens-Howling this weekend

  • SteelersDepot

    McNeal had been sidelined the last few practices so it will not be surprising to learn later today that he was waived/injured.

  • steeltown

    That was my initial thinking

  • Milliken Steeler

    I thought Mcneal was a practice squad player lock if you will. The reports from camp while not many were that he looked good and was quick with his cuts up field.

  • It’s interesting that they waived Hagans rather than Brian Amfeld (if they felt that DE was top-heavy with prospects & they could cut the least intriguing player). So that leaves Amfeld and Nick Williams as our only new faces on the defensive line fighting for roster spots or the practice squad. The second half this Saturday should be interesting!

  • cencalsteeler

    Damn!….Was really pulling for McNeal.

  • steeltown

    I think Brian Arnfelt has a brighter future than Hagans.. but it might not matter much, looks like Nicholas Williams might be the top PS candidate

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Me too. Now I am anxious to see what happened.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I thought Hagans had more upside but that Arnfeldt was more polished. I looked at Hagans as like Nick Williams being a PS guy for a few years to get up to speed.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You think they will sign him injured Dave?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    From the set of initial UDFA’s who is left? Hubbard, Golic and Arnfeldt. Am I missing anyone?

  • Matthew Marczi

    Joe Madsen, Mike Farrell, Reggie Dunn, J.D. Woods, and Alan Baxter.

  • I’m wondering if Amfeld’s speed and power (38 bench reps w/225lbs, a 4.8 forty, and a 4.3 shuttle) seem to offer a better upside compared to Hagans for Lebeau’s new plans re DEs getting after QBs?

  • Any thoughts re who among the UDFAs have a chance to make the final 53 or practice squad? Just guessing from camp reports, I’ll make the following guesses: A. Baxter (53), Hubbard & Amfeld (practice squad), Dunn…could go either way or none depending on his preseason game production. Anyone else?

  • Matthew Marczi

    As of right now, I really don’t like any of their chances to make the 53. If they end up keeping 9 linemen, right now I see them carrying Beachum, Whimper, Malecki, and Cheadle as reserves. I think Baxter has an outside shot of outplaying Adrian Robinson, but I have a feeling that the 9th linebacker this year will be an inside guy, maybe Vince Williams. Reggie Dunn would need to take a couple to the house to even be considered, and I don’t see that happening. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that somebody beats out Whimper, obviously, but if anybody does, I’m thinking it’s more likely to be Joe Long (he reportedly had a good practice today).

    As for the practice squad, it should be interesting. While I don’t think Arnfelt will make the 53, I will be really curious to see what happens between he and Nick Williams (I don’t see them carrying Williams either, though they might, especially if he shows something on special teams). If neither make the roster, could they keep both on the practice squad? I would think it’s unlikely. John Mitchell gloated about Williams’ athleticism and he was known to be a project, so I imagine they will keep him around, but if Arnfelt really shows something? I mean, if they really think Arnfelt could be another Brett Keisel, what can they do? Apparently he spent all offseason as the 2nd team LDE until recently when Ta’amu came off the PUP list and Al Woods moved back to DE.

    There will definitely be at least one receiver on the practice squad, but if Justin Brown doesn’t make the roster, I think it’s obvious it will be him. I haven’t even really read Woods’ name throughout camp. Joe Madsen is too busy being treated like a rag doll (at one point Tomlin barked at him after getting manhandle by Fangupo, saying “have some dignity, Joe”. Ouch).

    I think Golic has a definite chance of making the practice squad, especially now that they’ve moved him back to guard. Hubbard would obviously have to beat him out, and I don’t think he will. I think it’s between Golic and Cheadle, and they might both make the practice squad (especially since they’ve used Golic at tackle). Baxter could make the PS, but I think usually when they carry 9 LBs, they like to save that spot for another position.

    Of course, this is all just my opinion based on what I’ve read, and preseason projections have a tendency to get jumbled around a lot after each game.

  • Thanks for the insights! I’m looking forward to however this pans out. It seems like the team has good young talent this year that could push everyone to be even better. This–combined with Tomlin’s ‘kick butt, show us what you’ve got’ camp–has the potential to revitalize the team just when Sapp and others were writing us off as “slow, old, and fat.”

  • Stephen Dale

    practice bodies ; camp fodder

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He never produced much at Northwestern which concerned me but his measureables are good but i do not know his role for them either which makes a difference in perceived production

  • Shannon Stephenson

    missed a few….lol

  • Good point! You make me think of Willie Parker, who was a career back-up at North Carolina, but the team signed on the basis of his speed and potential. Have you heard of Amfeld doing anything at camp?