Steelers 2016 Roster Cuts Tracker

STEELERS ROSTER CUTS

RB Brandon Brown-Dukes
OG Antoine Everett
OT Matt Feiler
NT Lavon Hooks
OT Wade Hansen
OG Shahbaz Ahmed
OLB Travis Feeney
S Ray Vinopal
CB Montell Garner
ILB Steven Johnson
CB Doran Grant
DE Caushaud Lyons
CB Donald Washington
CB Al-Hajj Shabazz
WR Marcus Tucker
RB Cameron Stingily
WR Demarcus Ayers
WR Cobi Hamilton
OLB Jermauria Rasco
TE Paul Lang (waived/injured)
QB Bryn Renner
DE Johnny Maxey

The Pittsburgh Steelers will part ways with several more players on Saturday as part of them trimming their roster down to 53 players. While the official list of roster moves and cuts isn’t likely to be released by the team until later in the day, we now know the names of four more players who will be waived on Saturday.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com on Twitter, Brandon Brown-Dukes, guard Antoine Everett, tackle Matt Feiler, and defensive tackle Lavon Hooks have all been been waived.

None of the three names are surprising at all and now each will hope they can return to the team as a member of the practice squad.

The Steelers originally signed Brown-Dukes this past May after he participated in the team’s rookie minicamp as a tryout player. While the Mercyhurst product did stick on the roster for the entire offseason, he wasn’t given much playing time during the preseason.

Hooks, who entered the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers, signed a futures contract with the Steelers in February.

As for Everett, who entered the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had only been with the Steelers a short time as he signed with the team on Aug 20.

Feiler, who saw a good amount of playing time during the preseason at right tackle after signing a futures contract with the Steelers in January, probably has a very good shot at landing back on the practice squad.

On Friday, it was reported that tackle Wade Hansen and guard Shahbaz Ahmed were also waived.

Jeremy Fowler is reporting 6th round pick Travis Feeney has been released.

Fowler tweets safety Ray Vinopal has been cut.

Montell Garner has been waived.

Steven Johnson and Doran Grant have been cut. Tyler Matakevich has made the initial 53.

The Steelers final cuts are in. Refer to the top list for the players who have been waived/cut.

  • Jaybird

    The suspense of Dirty Red’s fate is probably killing the Matakavich fan club!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I wonder why we didn’t “stash” Feeney on IR like we usually do with rookies who find themselves in his situation?

  • dennisdoubleday

    Don’t care if they lose him, I expect. Also, not worried about it. We’ll see if he even makes the PS.

  • Rod Hedrick

    He will find the practice squad.

  • Most Libs are nutz

    The big question is did he make enough plays to make a talented group. Got to love a guy that is near the ball on just about every play.

  • Tom Jackson

    Why wouldn’t he make the PS? Thats so stupid to say… he definitly makes it. He’s a 6th RND rookie.

  • afrazier9

    Freeney was horrible that must mean they are keeping dirty red. Olb Harrison, jones, Dupree, moats, chickolo, inside lb Timmons, Vince, shazier, reds, Johnson, ford. 11 total

  • dennisdoubleday

    Sorry for being stupid. The Steelers have had higher draft picks who didn’t make the PS.

  • Tom Jackson

    The kid was injured most of TC and he looked decent reportedly in the exposure he got.

    They kept a waste of a 6th RND pick like Zumwalt for 2 1/2 years to finally see him healthy and don’t do sh**. Feeney has real upside though.

  • Xclewsive

    Feeney def practice squad material!

  • Steelers12

    Feeney better be on PS

  • Steelers12

    hope so

  • lex

    chicken legs JJ against the bull, thats funny

  • Douglas Andrews

    Not surprised by Feeney he needs a year at least. Dude looks like a WR playing OLB.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Being that dirty red not on this list I’m starting to think that they are seriously thinking if he should be on the 53 and also it seems like coming out of preseason we have more questions than answers

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Peace, Garner! Thought you had a shot!

  • Steelers12

    yea zumwalt was awful

  • Tom Jackson

    Hopefully he gets on the PS. But they have to put him on their right? Seemed like the most promising young CB. Even more then Shabazz IMO although I liked him as well.

  • OIF3gunner

    I love your user name

  • Chad H

    13 left but I think we will see 14 or 15 for when they bring in a DB or 2

  • steeltown

    Garner looked to be the only other slot capable guy. I would hope he is bound for the PS

  • OIF3gunner

    *Matakevich
    I think it’s telling that Feeney got cut before both 7th rounders.

  • OIF3gunner

    Where did they hide it!?
    Just kidding, don’t get mad!

  • Steve Johnson

    I’m sure Travis Feeney will make it to the P.S.

  • Steve Johnson

    Agreed! The kid ran a 4.54 at the combine, his only downfall? He was dealing with shoulder issues, apparently not too durable. I think the kid just needs to pick up some muscle mass and he will be fine.

  • Tom Jackson

    You’re right. Didn’t even think about that part. Would be very surprised now if he doesn’t make it after refreshing that nugget in my head. Lol

  • Tom Jackson

    Well he definitly has a shot IMO. Although his injury history is a concern and his size/physicality at this time as well. But they invested the pick and when healthy he seems to have promise so theres zero reason to give up now.

    I think he is a good character guy as well. Thought I read that pre or post draft about him. Leader on that Washington D I believe.

  • LucasY59

    Feeney, Garner, Feiler, Hooks all seem like they should be picked back up on the PS, probably Brown-Dukes as well, plus 5 more (with 13 cuts still to make I think they have some more guys they will want to keep around)

  • Feeney will have no trouble getting onto the practice squad.

  • LucasY59

    I would rather have him practice and develop more, he should be safe to get there since he hasnt done much in the preseason and has injury concerns (give him a yr to learn and show what he can do next yr, staying healthy might be his biggest obstacle)

  • You can’t put a player on IR unless his injury is expected to keep him out 6+ weeks which a concussion would not do.

  • Jaybird

    It’s a holiday weekend , my spell checker has the day off!

  • LucasY59

    4.54 was dealing with sports hernia as well, his size/speed could make him a useful specialty player if he can develop on the PS this yr

  • Jaybird

    That was so bad that it made me laugh!

  • Most Libs are nutz

    LOL, Thanks. I use this mostly on Mediate political posts.

  • afrazier9

    Hope we get the redskins te Paulson

  • OIF3gunner

    Roger that, I was actually trying to help, because it’s a hard name!

  • Dorian James

    It’s unbearable.

  • WreckIess

    We traded with the Browns for Justin Gilbert. Crazy.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Whoa. Big news.

  • Jaybird

    I promise if he makes the roster i will learn the proper spelling . Scouts honor!

  • connfyoozed .

    I just saw that. Depending on the return, I kind of like the idea.

  • Kevin artis

    Grant just didn’t pass the eye test. Johnson, a veteran couldn’t out shine a 7th rounder.

  • GoSteelerz

    So we cut Garner and acquire Gilbert… Are we STUPID!?!?! Seriously, sometimes I don’t understand what goes on in the coaches’ and FO people’s heads… smh
    Well at least we did keep Matekevich… So far…

  • Chris S

    Remember they will probably IR Golson soon and Grant could be brought back, he made it through waivers/etc last year and went to the PS.

  • T3xassteelers

    And…. DIRTY RED IS ON THE 53 MAN ROSTER. Day keeps getting better and better!!!

  • Jonas

    Congratulations Dirty Red!

    I guess Grant will be added again as soon as Golson is on IR.
    J. Gilbert sounds like Low Risk for a first-round athlete.

    I’m okay with it.

  • GoSteelerz

    Yeah, but Gilbert? He’s been terrible… If there is any talent in him, all I can say is that I hope he turns his career around… As long as he is with us! LOL

  • T3xassteelers

    Oh come on… Gilbert has the potential Gardner can only dream of

  • Wow! I really didn’t think ILB Johnson would be among the players to be cut. I’m glad it happened. Dirty Red is in the house!

  • Bob Sacamano

    I’d give you a thousand thumb’s up just for your name alone.

  • steeltown

    Subtract Grant, but Add Gilbert… ok… opt for Matakevich over Johnson…. all is right with the World ha

  • afrazier9

    This is looking good cockrell, burns, Gilbert, gay, and who’s the fifth I guess Davis and golson on ir did I get that right?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    How soon will the practice squad be announced?

  • Tom Jackson

    Gotta try to get Grant on the PS now. Garner should be added as well. Hopefully Lyons makes it but he should and let’s hope STs aren’t suffering because of no Johnson.

    I like Tyler and he has the upside on Defense for the future but our ST have to work as well. Of they do I like the move very much.

  • GoSteelerz

    Gilbert’s potential has been a dream, not reality up to this point. Garner can actually play, even plays physical. Gilbert has been the Gerrod Holliman of corners. Plus Gilbert doesn’t play the slot. Garner can play any CB spot, both right, left, and slot. And he’s competent with upside. Maybe Gilbert can turn things around, but so far I don’t have much reason to think he will…

  • Dave D

    I think the Johnson decision may be more of a decision based on, “we know what we’re getting from this veteran guy vs. this much younger guy has very intriguing upside potential…” That’s my thought anyway.

  • Bob Sacamano

    I wonder if Shabazz will be on the practice squad? Tunch and Wolfley talked highly of him.

  • Dave D

    Seriously, who ISN’T horrible with the Browns? The talent was there. I am very hopeful (not necessarily optimistic, but hopeful!) that the culture in this organization and the work ethic of the players PLUS the idea that he can actually be part of a WINNER, will bring out the dormant talent that is there.

  • connfyoozed .

    It usually takes a day or two. Players have to clear waivers first, which is 24 hours I think. Then, teams have to negotiate with players, because they can choose to sign with a different team’s PS if they are offered.

  • LucasY59

    Lyons, Ayers, Hamilton? Rasco? and who knows? (Grant if he isnt brought back to the Roster after Golson goes to IR) as the other 5 PS guys?

  • Dave D

    Correct. 4pm (eastern) tomorrow, they can begin to construct the practice squad.

  • connfyoozed .

    Johnny Maxey made the team? That would give us 7 defensive lineman, and would suggest that they think either Heyward or Matthews, or both, might miss some time. In any case, good for Maxey.

  • LucasY59

    not as likely now that they have Gilbert, need a Slot corner (or 2) more than a outside corner

  • Steelers12

    So Gilbert is a Steeler now

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Yes

  • Steelers12

    Wow

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    pending physical

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Thanks guys!

  • LucasY59

    surprise over Lyons, most likely still there because of Heywards ankle and Mathews neck, cut when they are healthy (seems like he wouldve been safe as a PS player) keeping him over Lyons doesnt make a lot of sense to me, but I’m sure they have reasons

  • connfyoozed .

    If the Steelers want to keep Grant around on the PS, I don’t think he will get claimed on waivers.

    Congrats to Matakevich and Dangerfield, 2 guys who I was convinced weren’t going to make it. They did. We of course are going to make a number of changes still; this is not the same 53 we will have for the Washington game. But for Matakevich, Dangerfield, Maxey and others, what a good feeling this has to be.

  • GoSteelerz

    You can’t make a guy want it. Either he does or he doesn’t. Something has to change in the man, for himself, from the inside. For his sake and ours, I hope he does. But I have no reason to think he will at this point. There have been several players who weren’t terrible for the Browns. D’Qwell Jackson, Cameron Jordan, Tashaun Gipson, Karlos Dansby, are a few who come to mind…

  • DoctorNoah

    Dirty Red to the 53, as predicted! #FootballJustice #HOF

  • Rob S.

    Grant signed back when Golson goes on injured reserve? Assuming he clears waivers

  • connfyoozed .

    Maxey has a lot of potential. He outplayed Walton for sure, though that doesn’t mean Walton gets dropped instead of Maxey when the need arises.

  • Big Joe

    I would think so

  • connfyoozed .

    It’s possible, but I think it still might be just as likely to be someone cut from another team, or even Garner or Shabazz. Grant just doesn’t look ready. Practice squad for him is a possibility.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    No Maxey was a cut.

  • connfyoozed .

    I don’t see him on the list above anywhere… ?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Surprised that Doran Grants cut happened without more noise.
    Perhaps he was NOT a S, but a CB only?

  • connfyoozed .

    Oops. Johnny Maxey is not on the list of cuts above this article, but he is on the lists I am seeing on other sites. I’m going to guess he is in fact cut.

  • OIF3gunner

    I hope the Matakevich haters enjoy the crow they are eating, even if I am eating it soon because he gets cut tomorrow, because it feels great right about now!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The Steelers official site shows Maxey as released among their latest transactions. It also says the Gilbert trade is pending a physical.

  • OIF3gunner

    I hope you are studying his nae because he made the “initial” 53.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    It’s on steelers official site

  • connfyoozed .

    I haven’t seen one Matakevich “hater” on this site. I’ve seen quite a number of people who thought he wouldn’t make the final 53, including me, but not one hater. Everyone likes the guy, but many thought they would still keep the veteran Johnson and put Matakevich on the PS.

  • Don2727

    Fort looked like the best guy to keep in preseason (in my opinion).

  • Applebite

    It’s a shame for Johnson, but, Matakevich really put them in a Catch 22….

  • 20Stoney

    I am betting they want him on the PS and work him at safety.

  • OIF3gunner

    Come on, it’s a figure of speech

  • Jaybird

    Matakevich.
    I think he needs an upgraded nickname now. FILTHY.

  • Dorian James

    The suspense is over he made it.

  • OIF3gunner

    Could be a reason why we kept him also.

  • justafanlikeyou

    Whoa, Steeler made a trade for Justin Gilbert

  • GoSteelerz

    Also, they could move Golson to IR, sign Garner to the 53, and sign Shabazz to the PS. Garner plays all CB positions so it makes sense to have him on the roster. Shabazz gives you a boundary CB to call up if a guy gets hurt or of Gilbert doesn’t work out. I like Grant, but he doesn’t play the slot and with Golson hurt, we need someone who can do it all. I think Garner gives you that more than Grant does.

  • Dave D

    I just read that they can start signing guys at 1pm Sunday, Sep 4. I thought it was 24 hours, but I got that tidbit on the Steelers sign. So I assume it is the correct info.

  • Dave D

    I don’t disagree with your premise (notice I said I was hopeful — not necessarily optimistic). But an atmosphere of losing and “who cares” can be a significant burden to bear as well. I know it is possible he could just be a jagoff, but as you are, I am hopeful that this organization is a breath of fresh air breathed into his career.

  • Matt Manzo

    Whaaaaaaaat?!

  • Matt Manzo

    Who are the cbs taking Grant and Shabazz’ spots?!

  • Clifford Taz Johnson

    I think we should get dee miliner

  • steelburg

    A trade for Justin Gilbert was made. I also expect someone to be signed in a similar fashion as Cockrell was. Maybe a Kalen Reed or Moore or someone else that is cut.

  • AndyR34

    Are they going to look into his head during that physical? 🙂

  • DoctorNoah

    Yeah. It just makes me think back (and laugh, sadly) to Chickillo getting on 53 and his GF going twitternuts then he got cut back to PS a day later… Love them all, and much respect to all the guys we had to cut today.

  • OIF3gunner

    I’ll second that!

  • LucasY59

    I thought they had to clear waivers (24 hrs) but either way around this time tomorrow it will get figured out

  • Matt Manzo

    We still need a slot guy, right?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Makes sense. Gotta wonder tho – 2nd year on PS. Not a great start to his NFL career.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I think his upside is that he could be a situational pass rusher. That has value in this league, certainly worth a PS spot.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Darryl Roberts released from the Patriots. I wonder if we would still have any interest in him. PS maybe.

  • Consistent

    We don’t NEED a slot corner,Gay plays an excellent slot…it opens an outside spot for Burns on the field

  • NinjaMountie

    Burns isn’t ready to start. He had a week(ish) of training camp and one preseason game.

  • Dave D

    That’s exactly what I thought and stated in my first response. I edited it because the team’s official website said they could start signing guys at 1 pm ET. Maybe it was a typo?

  • Woodsworld

    He needs to move back to safety. Looks like he just doesn’t have the frame for LB.

  • Sam Clonch

    with Steven Johnson cut I think the suspense is over.

  • Sam Clonch

    Jace Amaro cut from the Jets. Could be a serious TE target if his shoulder is healed.

  • Jaybird

    I posted that a little while ago and was wondering about him. Would you want him? Jet fans think he is soft and not a good blocker. What do you think?

  • Jaybird

    It’s amazing- fans get so upset about guys like Dirty possibly getting cut! Like he’s going to make or brake our Super Bowl run! I’m rooting for the guy though , hope he becomes a contributor.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    with a skull saw?

  • Sam Clonch

    Can’t say I know much about him really. I remember his name from the draft process, had really good measurables. If he can’t block though it might be bad timing for his chances worth the Steelers.

  • Sam Clonch

    Maybe why they cut Grant? To make room, Doran on the PS?

  • Matt Manzo

    And right now Davis is the only other CB capable of slot, right? And that’s still debatable.

  • T3xassteelers

    Well.. He went to my school.. So I’d be down 😀 Was a beast here at Tech; just been hurt past few years.

  • Matt Manzo

    Yup! He looked better each game! That’s what’s exciting!

  • Matt Manzo

    I think the biggest question is his blocking.

  • Matt Manzo

    So, is it tomorrow that we can put Golson on IR? W/o waivers?

  • Sam Clonch

    So I know this is HIGHLY unlikely, but not technically impossible….theoretically the Steelers could field a starting defensive lineup that includes 7 first rounders, 3 second rounders and a single 3rd round pick. And only 2 of them not originally picked by the Steelers. Just wow……

  • NinjaMountie

    It seems like you are correct. I don’t know how they plan on using people. I’d think another addition will happen.

  • Gilbert is the type of player who only wants to play for a winning team. I mean, come on. The guy was playing (barely) for the Browns. You could tell by watching him when he was healthy that he wasn’t 100% into it. If Roethlisberger were to have been drafted by the Browns, he would have sucked too. When Gilbert gets with the Black & Gold, his attitude is sure to change. Plus, as any other player who’s been with another team that’s in your own division, he may be able to give us some ‘tells’ about the Browns. Not that we necessarily need them, but if there’s any info he can give us, can’t hurt. As far as I’m concerned, and he probably feels the same way, his NFL career starts now.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Not sure he’s ever played safety. Just looking at his tape I know his straight line speed is 4.5 but he doesn’t play that fast. I’m not sure he could be a Safety. OLB looks likes it’s his position he just needs to add some weight to play at the NFL level.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    HIGH WAY TO THE DANGER ZONE!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Just so long as they all play like first rounders should.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I know ish is real when the Ravens cut Forsett.

  • steelburg

    Moore plays slot and the Pats cut Roberts.

  • GoSteelerz

    For his sake and ours, I hope you’re right.

  • OIF3gunner

    Nope

  • OIF3gunner

    Brake.. Break.. Hmmm

  • Well, I forget who said johnson over dirty red…it doesnt matter now, lol.

  • NinjaMountie

    Man he was something at TT. I’ve read he’s had problems with drops too

  • MintDragon

    Dave, Dave, Alex, Matt,

    Just a quick thank you for your coverage, insight, and dedication through the offseason. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate the quality coverage you give my favorite team. Let’s bring on the season!

  • Pappi

    Big Red makes the cut! All them college awards, and the way he was always on the ball like white on rice this past summer, it would seem inevitable. But I have shaken my head in disgust from pre-season cuts quite a few times.

  • Jaybird

    I’m thinking inside LB for Feeney . I know he played there in college and Timmons is getting old. Imagine the speed with him and Shazier! The dude has stay healthy first and make the squad second before he plays anywhere.

  • Jim Foles

    First Shamarkos then Gilberts.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    when was the last time we had that happen?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    no. gay.

  • Jaybird

    Gunner what do you do for a living? Are you an English teacher or a proof reader or something? Lol

  • popsiclesticks

    I think it’s largely a matter of positional strength. Feeney probably profiles as a ILB in this defense and he’s not going to beat out Chickillo to stay at OLB. They don’t lack depth at OLB, just star power.

  • popsiclesticks

    I’d guess it’s because they think he’ll make it to the practice squad and either can’t or don’t want his full salary hit on their cap.

  • Matt Manzo

    But Burns isn’t ready to start. I think that wanna keep Gay outside as long as they can. Right now Davis and Gay are the only slot guys.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, just saw he got picked up by the Titans 🙁

  • OIF3gunner

    Just a di$k! Haha