Steelers Sign LS Kameron Canaday, P A.J. Hughes

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed long snapper Kameron Canaday, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

Canaday was a UDFA out of Portland State, scooped up by the Arizona Cardinals at the conclusion of this season’s draft. He was a four year starter as the team’s long snapper. NFL Draft Scout ranked him the 13th best long snapper coming out of the draft while Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown had him as the 8th best.

More importantly, Canaday won the starting long snapper gig in Arizona in camp. But a bad snap during a September game caused the Cardinals to release him. At the time, Bruce Arians was blunt and public in his criticism.

“Grow the hell up,” Arians told the AP following the game. “It has nothing to do with anything but what’s between his ears.”

Canaday also had a bad snap that resulted in a missed field goal a few weeks earlier, contributing to his release.

If you’re wondering how bad the snap was that led to his release, here ya go. It’s uh, not pretty.

He presumably tried out today, given the fact we know at least one kicker was brought in to work out. So the Steelers liked what they saw.

He will compete with Greg Warren for the starting gig. Many have tried, all have failed, and Warren’s spot should be secure for another season.

UPDATE: The Steelers have also signed punter A.J. Hughes. He worked out for the team in November. Hughes, out of Virginia Tech, averaged 42.9 yards per punt as a senior.He was signed as a UDFA by the New Orleans Saints following the draft.

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  • Sam Clonch

    Who coaches a LS? I have a hard time believing that the team would use a PS slot on one.

  • NinjaMountie

    lol…it’s all fun and games until your LS goes down and then you realize how important they are.

  • Alex Kozora

    Danny Smith, of course.

  • Sam Clonch

    The one thing we know James can’t do!

  • T3xassteelers

    Lol, I’d love for Hughes to be on the team in some capacity. But only cause I think it’d be cool to have someone on the team with the same last name as me. 🙂

  • VaDave

    Both strictly camp fodder, or as somebody mentioned a couple of weeks ago, names for the rolodex in case something blows up.

  • dany

    So basically a guy who will root for a Warren injury

  • Ray

    As a side note, Scott Wright from Draft Countdown is arrogant and not that very knowledgeable. Never trust him

  • Alex Kozora

    Really? I’ve always been a fan.

  • Ray

    Yes have had a couple of run ins. I like Matt Millers work and I think Jon has done a really great job.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Well,Warren ain’t going to last forever.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    He may have learned in the last 6 years.

  • Sam Clonch

    We should give Limas Sweed a call too then, maybe he learned how to catch!

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Lol I called it long snapper it is

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he hasnt. thats why he is out of the cfl too.