Steelers Waive G Nik Embernate, Sign T Emmanuel McCray

A lot of fans had high hopes for Pittsburgh Steelers guard Nik Embernate in 2014 after his 2013 rookie season was wiped out by a knee injury suffered in training camp, but the team decided to move on from the undrafted San Diego State product on Thursday.

With Embernate being waived, the open spot on the 90 man roster was filled by tackle Emmanuel McCray, who was waived by the St. Louis Rams a few weeks ago.

McCray, who went undrafted, played in 38 career games with 17 starts at left tackle for the University of Mississippi.

While he was eligible to do so, Embernate was unable to participate in the Steelers rookie minicamp immediately following the draft. Reports also stated this week that Embernate still wasn’t healthy enough to practice during the OTA practices.

  • Crowned

    Embernate was raw, but his nasty demeanor was a turn on for most of us.

  • I would have to imagine this was a Munchak call, so I’m ok with it. Can’t wait to see what Munchak brings to this team!

  • ApexSteel

    I don’t get why everyone was so high on him. It was like the whole Arnfelt thing.

  • RMSteeler

    Waived injured? If so, what are the ramifications by a team to the player waived?

  • SteelersDepot

    We will know for sure later on today if he was waived injured or not when the daily report from the NFL is released.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I liked what I saw last year in camp. He looked better than Hubbard IMO, but that was my evaluation. He may not have the mobility to play in the zone blocking scheme that we are going to implement.

  • Steelers12328882

    Not really. Arnfelt actually produced during the preseason, but before that no one really talked about him. He finally made the 53 and actually got on the field for a few plays too. Embernate was hyped the moment we signed him after the draft, but all he did outside practice was get hurt.

  • cencalsteeler

    Munchak must see something in McCray to swipe him up fast. Head scratcher: Wonder why the Rams released him so quickly. After three days? Not enough time to evaluate talent, imo. He must have done something wrong, or they made room for another player.

  • dgh57

    Hate to see Embernasty go but it’s not good for a young player trying to keep his job and being unproven going into OTAs injured this time of the year because there’s plenty of talent out there looking for work. The pick up of a OT as a replacement makes sense as we don’t have much there to begin with!

  • ApexSteel

    Arnfelt did ok enough against 4th stringers to make it to the practice squad he wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as most said he was (a lot of people on this site gave him a chance to start this year). Even his college stats were mediocre. Embernate’s reputation was strictly off of his aggression and just like Arnfelt he had little to no production to back it up. They are both just products of the same hype machine.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think it’s more hope than hype. We love rooting for the underdogs! Especially if we see a glimpse of potential.

  • Matt Manzo

    Injuries suck! I’m betting Williams is next!

  • shawn

    so dissapointing … was hoping he turn into quality depth at the least … wow surprised !

  • srdan

    Man we have been active at every stage of the offseason. Signing FA’s, keeping our own, losing our own, Colbert and Tomlin traveling more than John Candy, and then active immediatly after the draft process.

    I agree with some of the other bloggers, I think our coaching staff is maturing and is being allowed to make some personnel decisions.

  • ApexSteel

    Hope is one thing, but saying Arnfelt is worthy of being the “next man up” is completely different.

  • John C

    Or the Rooneys got them running scared!

  • whisn

    Shame, i think it was more his nasty demeanor that made him stand out from the rest, though we never actually saw him play did we? If he’s carrying an injury at this stage, its a wise move – He was a priority free-agent i believe, so there is always hope that we might find another Ramon, even Beech was nearly undrafted and now he’s probably our most valuable lineman in some respects!

    As for Arnflet, largely as fans all we get to go on is pre-season, the guy stood out, so he got kept, its a bit harsh to judge him on a few snaps, considering our D’lineman normally spend the first two years getting used to the system.

  • Rebelkev

    They do this to meet the roster limit. McCray is one of the classiest guys around and is an great tackle.

  • Steelers12328882

    He did more than just ok. He stood out to everyone watching those games wether it was against 4th stringers or not. I totally understand you about Embernate and the hype around him, but for me it was actual play that got me excited about Arnfelt. He has a good chance to make the roster again this year too.

  • ApexSteel

    Adrian Robinson stood out late in preseason games too games…

  • craig

    I think the improvement in the coaching staff over the last couple of seasons has been the biggest plus thus far- somebody must have decided to make some kind of command decision somewhere.

  • Skinny Merlino

    Daves embernate propaganda may finally be done he can focus more now on McCullers having little upside as a 6th Rd pick

  • Steelers12328882

    Now that’s a better comparison, but to Robinson’s credit he was traded and although eventually cut he’s bounced around to a few teams and still hanging on. Still, he never stood out like Arnfelt did that first preseason game against the Giants.