Steelers Sign RB George Winn To Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers filled the open spot on their practice squad Tuesday by signing free agent rookie running back George Winn.

Winn was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati in May and released less than one week later. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder, gained 1,334 rushing yards on 243 attempts with 13 touchdowns last season for Cincinnati and he was named Second Team All-Big East following the 2012 season.

Following his release from the Texans, Winn signed with the New England Patriots. During the preseason, prior to him being waived during the final round of roster cuts, Winn saw action in three games with the Patriots and rushed 15 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in limited playing time.

Earlier this month, Winn was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad when running back Darren McFadden was hampered by his hamstring injury. That stay only lasted a short time as he was released by them just one week ago.

This might be a bit of gamesmanship on the part of the Steelers, who play the Raiders this coming Sunday. Even though they released running back Isaac Redman on Monday, they still had running back Alvester Alexander on the practice squad.

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  • TheBlitz

    So long Baxter, he isn’t coming back here anytime soon.

  • steeltown

    I actually like this kid, he has a good overall yds per avg throughout his college career… but I do wonder if this is purely a move to get a leg up on the Raiders..

    3WRs and 2RBs currently on our PS…. strange indeed

  • T R

    gamesmanrship? what ever to you mean.. he’ll tell us some the raider run place.. give us inside scoop. LOL

  • TheBlitz

    I don’t believe this is about gamesmanship. They just grabbed a guy They thought would contribute as a RB.

    Maybe he gets released after the raiders game but I doubt he does

  • steeltown

    Well I would hope this means Alexander is ultimately released, 5 of the 8 PS spots do not need to be used on skill positions IMO

  • steeltown

    Im still hoping once Wheaton returns to action we can release one of the three WRs from the PS and then also im not sure we’ll carry both Alexander AND Winn on the PS…. guess we’ll see

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think you are right…something happened for the Steelers to turn on this kid. The other side is that Winn doesn’t look half bad…runs a lil bit too upright but has a lil shake to him and can break a tackle. IMO it is harder to evaluate a guy when they have those gimmick offenses.

  • Dr. Doom

    Maybe just taking a peek, a guy that was only there for a week or two doesn’t know much

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I dont understand the Baxter thing either. I wish someone could get us some insight on it.

  • dgh57

    Should of brought in a Punter. Mesko needs some competition!

  • joed32

    I think he needs replaced.

  • dgh57

    That would depend on what’s left out there this time of the year. If they are unsure about him put him on the PS if more sure then replace Mesko.

  • NW86

    I think some of us are making too big of a deal out of this. I liked Baxter in the preseason too, but it’s not uncommon for practice squad players to be rotated based on needs week to week. This is good, because it puts a few names in the roladex, and gives guys some experience in the system, in case we have some injuries and actually need one of these players on the 53-man roster. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see Baxter come back in a few weeks.
    But let’s also be honest – no other team is signing this guy up either, so let’s not over-value the guy. He has potential, but you could say that about a lot of other guys on the fringes of practice squads around the league.

  • Ken

    He is better than Alexander, I wouldn’t be surprised if Alexander is the one that gets cut later. This guy at least hits the hole fast.

  • Ken

    he has been a disappointment for sure… There are better punters out of a job than we have no doubt.

  • cencalsteeler

    Sign Winn, release Alexander. Resign Baxter. Rb stable improves.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Can her return kicks/punts? I don’t like starters doing these jobs.

  • Shea Fahr

    I am good with that. I hope there is not more to the Baxter story than we know. Can always sign Baxter back next year to compete in camp too because I doubt anyone will pick him up at this point.

  • cencalsteeler

    They signed Devin Wylie- return specialist

  • JohnnyV1

    Raiders next week, followed by the Patriots, so maybe double-gamesmenship? I don’t even know what gamesmenship means. hahaha Sounds like an overblown media thing. A RB that was on the practice squad for a few weeks??

    All I know is we have three WR’s and two RB’s filling up 5 spots on an 8 man practice squad, which doesn’t make much sense, to me anyway.

  • Rob

    I really doubt gamesmanship is involved at all. As much as I like Redman he did not seem to be his old self this year. This kid looks like a simple upgrade and is practice squad eligible and Redman is not. Timmons will likely be out a bit with the hand, so a linebacker was activated to flesh out the roster.

  • Matt Manzo

    I saw a lot of yards after contact! And strong legs… Could this be the 2nd coming of Barry Sanders!!!???

  • treeher

    Mesko’s gonna get us in trouble bad before it’s all over.

  • Shea Fahr

    I agree with you but Sushi is perfect with him as the holder. Maybe it is timing, chemistry ect. though his punts are not helping with field position.

  • T R

    i am with you.. i need clarification on “gamesmanship” LOL

  • T R

    just looked it up…

    Gamesmanship is the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win or gain a serious advantage in a game or sport. It has been described as “Pushing the rules to the limit without getting caught, using whatever dubious methods possible to achieve the desired end” (Lumpkin, Stoll and Beller, 1994:92). It may be inferred that the term derives from the idea of playing for the game (i.e., to win at any cost) as opposed to sportsmanship, which derives from the idea of playing for sport

  • T R

    ok this may be gamesmanship. LOL

    Gamesmanship is the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win or gain a serious advantage in a game or sport. It has been described as “Pushing the rules to the limit without getting caught, using whatever dubious methods possible to achieve the desired end” (Lumpkin, Stoll and Beller, 1994:92). It may be inferred that the term derives from the idea of playing for the game (i.e., to win at any cost) as opposed to sportsmanship, which derives from the idea of playing for sport

  • gene mann

    I think now we have 2 RB and 3 WR on the PS and 5 TE 2 that are injured on the Roster. The thing i got today is that the Roledex will have some PUNTERS SOON as we SEE it was not all $ the Pats released him

  • RW

    They play the Raiders this Sunday and the Patriots the following week. Gamesmanship, indeed.

  • Matt Searls

    We have our backs and I’m pretty happy with them. Anyone else we add isn’t going to see the field

  • dgh57

    Gamesmanship in that we intend to pick George Winn’s brain for any inside secrets he might have about our next 2 opponents in an effort to gain an advantage since he has played for both teams. If so, I don’t know if it will work because he didn’t spend that much time with either team.

  • AndyR34

    Baxter just had an unconsummated look-see from the Packers, I think. Nobody else is biting on him and it’s been 7-8 weeks since he was cut. It is quite possible you guys are just wrong in your estimation of his ability or his ‘upside’. Oh wait…that can’t be possible can it? I guess it MUST be a conspiracy.

  • Shea Fahr

    Just the Practice Squad Andy…relax and please do not be “that guy” for the week.

  • Mike.H

    I like this pick as long as George Winn does not run like George Wendt. [ Norm from Cheers!]

  • Mike Sweeney

    Indeed

  • Luke Shabro

    Baxter may be a guy that we don’t see ever again or at least until training camp next year. I loved the kid too but that’s the way it goes. The coaching staff certainly isn’t going to see things as the fan base does or they never would’ve brought back William Gay lol. But that’s turned out to be a pleasant surprise so I’ll let them do the coaching

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Why can’t he get a shot returning then? I get queasy every time I see Antonio, Manny and even Felix (to a lesser degree) doing special teams work. How pathetic would it be for one of them to be injured running back a kick or punt? If memory serves, Devon was being touted as the next Wes Welker coming out of Fresno and while things haven’t exactly panned out for him, I’d like to see what he can do.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Being only 5′ 11″, if he ran too low he would be crawling.

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree. They just signed him last week, so we’ll have to see how this plays itself out. After Manny’s return against the Ravens, chances are he will be back there on KR against the Raiders.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You must not know a lot about football. Thank you for being not so insightful.

  • patrick Mayfield

    going to go with a “no” on that one. You won’t need a rose tinted microscope to see Barry 2.0 if he ever comes.

  • patrick Mayfield

    Well they liked him enough to sign to the PS out the gates so I kind of doubt that. I think he’s a guy who needs to get stronger to play on Sunday given his size so he’s not really a risk to sign elsewhere on a 53.

    I hope we see him again on the PS. 2 RB on the PS brings the team up to typical numbers. Normally 4 + FB on the 53 and 1 on the PS. Right now the roster is heavy at TE and DB so I could see them adjusting after that shakes out some.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Your are right about the numbers game