Instant Analysis Of Steelers First Nine Roster Cuts

The Pittsburgh Steelers waived nine players Tuesday and here is a look at each of them.

Vic So’oto – So’oto likely needed an injury to make the final 53 man roster this year. While he could have easily been kept around another week, his release appears to be a courtesy one in order to give him a chance to catch on elsewhere. Danny Smith gave So’oto a lot of opportunities on special teams as he played 44 snaps in the first three preseason games.

Jordan Dangerfield – Like So’oto, Smith gave Dangerfield 44 snaps on special teams to earn respect. On defense Dangerfield represented himself fairly well in the 45 snaps that he played, so he might just have a tiny chance to catch on elsewhere.

Kashif Moore – After spending the 2013 season on the Steelers practice squad, it looks like Moore’s time has now run out in Pittsburgh. The Connecticut product played all of 17 snaps during the preseason and had just one reception.

C.J. Goodwin – A shoulder injury suffered during training camp certainly didn’t help Goodwin’s chances of making the practice squad this year. On top of everything else, he failed to play a single snap on offense during the preseason.

Lew Toler – Toler will be remembered as the cornerback that Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins corkscrewed into the ground during one of the two scrimmage practices. He played 18 snaps on defense late in the preseason game against the Bills and that was it.

Devin Smith – A hamstring injury prevented Smith from playing against the Philadelphia Eagles. Like the aforementioned Moore, Smith was on the Steelers practice squad last year.

Eric Waters – The Missouri product never really got the chance to show that he could be an all around tight end. A concussion forced him to sit out the Eagles game and up until then he had played all of six snaps on offense and nine on special teams.

Jordan Hall – The diminutive Hall never really was a threat to make the practice squad. Six carries for five yards against the New York Giants was it for him.

Miguel Maysonet – After playing 14 snaps on offense in the preseason opener against the Giants, Maysonet was only on the field for one more play since then. He played all of six snaps on special teams and that was enough to see his time was coming to an end soon.

  • Ben Saluri

    Hopefully Dangerfield will be brought back to the PS, his playing style and body type reminded of Ryan Clark.

  • SteelersDepot

    No Steelers player included in the first round of cuts last year was signed to initial practice squad.

  • Steelers12328882

    That’s why I was surprised to see Kozora choose Devin Smith over Isaiah Green for the PS.

  • woo9535

    I’d like So’oto and Waters on our PS, and maybe Dangerfield, too.
    So’oto has played well, and we’re pretty short on TE depth, so we need as many bodies as possible.

  • SteelersDepot

    Did you not read that he submitted that before final cuts were announced?

  • Ray

    But they did in 2012

  • Weiss Chad

    Hopefully nobody signs so oto and we can get him on the

  • Personally, I would take Smith over Green as well, as Green has been awful in his defensive snaps.

  • Blanchflower will be the PS TE.

  • steeltown

    So Chris Carter offers nothing in the way of pass rush, which is paramount in the 3-4, but even worse he is weak against the run.
    Well done coaching staff.

  • SteelersDepot

    Only Jamie McCoy if memory serves me.

  • 20Stoney

    I’ve decided that somewhere in his possession, Chris Carter has pictures of Coach T dressed in leather and fishnet stockings.

  • Taylor20

    i’d hope so, unless there is someone who drops from another teams roster…especially with the 10 spots.
    I’d like So’oto and Dangerfield

  • charles

    It seems So oto was a playmaker. Maybe it was against 3rd stringers, but Carter made no splash against the 3s at all. Then again Butler cut James twice….

  • Weiss Chad

    So oto being cut is probably a bad sign carter will stick .I don’t know kinda seems like so Oto made a lot if plays.Sure it might have been against twos and threes but it seemed like it was a lot more than carter did against twos and threes .maybe it’s just me

  • cp72

    James Harrison may be on the radar?

  • Steelers12328882

    lol nope. I just shoot right to the bold print.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah but it’s all about special teams for these guys, and I think it was stated somewhere that Green was logging more snaps than any other CB on the bubble.

  • Ray

    youre memory is still sharp

  • Matt Manzo

    It’s not just you. It’s me too.

  • I get that, and if we were talking about a roster spot, I would absolutely agree. But we are talking PS, and there I think you look for upside as well, which IMO Smith has more of. Not much more, but more.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I would like to see the Steelers change their evaluation process. Guys like So’oto and H. Jones should get some 1st team snaps. Allow them to show they can play against the other team’s ones. We need to stop evaluating 2nd team vs. 2nd team and 3rd team vs. 3rd team. So’oto made some splash plays, but we don’t know if he can make them against the ones or not…at least not in games.

  • Steven Vincent

    We’re nuts if we let Vic So’oto slip away. We are very thin at OLB. I really hope he was cut into a flooded market so he can get through waivers and be signed to the practice squad.

  • Big White

    Do cuts mean they are not eligible for PS? Dangerfield i thought was only a 2nd year guy. He’s definitely worthy of that.

  • Big White

    I think that’s a pretty good read. I mean the guy(So’otu) earned a better look than the first wave of cuts!?!

  • Big White

    Plus, i’m not sure veterans like So’otu are eligible for the PS. Confusing.

  • Big White

    Can we get a Practice Squad article on the how of the eligibility? Did the NFL expand it to 10???

  • Big White

    I think this week could determine if they keep him and cut Paulson. We have plenty of receiving help now.

  • Steelers12328882

    True, but I also think they’re both garbage lol.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Damnit if Chris Carter ain’t the luckiest guy in the locker room every season. I’ve got to think that the linebackers coach is getting mighty sick of his act.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    So oto should have made the team carter should have gotten the ax

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Exactly its time for some new blood carter let udfa rookies beat him in practice just like adams and I also would have kept dangerfield

  • Taylor20

    Predictions for the next round of cuts today?…45 minutes until deadline

  • Carlos

    So, anyone in Pittsburgh that can tell me whats the count of people jumping off bridges? #So’oto #Dangerfield

  • joed32

    He’s on his 5th team, 6th if you count his 2nd stint with the Packers. He is PS eligible and I hope they put him on it but he’s not a hot commodity.

  • joed32

    They’re all eligible for the PS. At safety it’s probably between him and Ventrone.

  • woo9535

    That’s likely, but he may well make the 53 man roster if he performs well vs Panthers.

    Paulsen and Palmer has shown nothing to be guaranteed a job, and Waters has as much or more potential than both.

  • MC

    Was hoping So’ot would stay.

  • GoSteelerz

    Why is Toler remembered for being corkscrewed into the ground, but not remembered for being part of a coverage unit that forced two coverage sacks? In both those sacks Jeff Tuel from the Bills looks Toler’s way for several seconds and couldn’t throw it, then he looks around and Dangerfield and the rest have good coverage as well, and by the time he makes a move, the good hustle by the DL, in particular Josh Mauro, makes a nice play to get a sack… Cortez struggles or messes up a play and he gets a pass, Ike Taylor misses numerous tackles and he gets a pass, but a guy who get’s all of 18 snaps gets cut for a bad play in practice? And he gets very limited reps in practice at that? And he’s not remembered for blowing up the screen pass to Bryant in practice either? Maybe Toler should be cut, but he didn’t get the chance to show whether or not he deserves it either way, and I guess, unless someone else takes a chance on him, we’ll never know… This has thus far been a disappointing off season, outside of our first 3 draft picks. Time will tell on the rest of them, but man, why sign a guy if you’re not going to let him prove what he can or can’t do? There is such a thing as growing pains especially for some of these guys coming from smaller schools, those are guys that you keep around and develop, not cast aside and miss a hidden gem, for players that are proven… That is proven they can go 8-8!!!! Some of our best players were guys like these who got a chance to go through the growing pains process and prove themselves over a period of time… Just frustrated…