Steelers Sign QB Houston, WR Severin; Waive QB Schuessler, LB Blount

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a few more roster moves on Wednesday and they included a familiar face being re-signed.

According to the Steelers, former Wisconsin quarterback Bart Houston and wide receiver Canaan Severin were signed on Wednesday. Houston, who went undrafted this year, announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter that he had signed with the team. As for Severin, the Steelers had waived him a few weeks ago. The former undrafted free agent out of Virginia spent his rookie 2016 season on the Steelers Reserve/Injured list.

Waived on Wednesday to make room for Houston and Severin on the team’s 90-man roster were quarterback Nick Schuessler and linebacker Akil Blount. Schuessler was one of the Steelers nine signed undrafted free agents this year while Blount had been with the team quite a while after signing a futures contract earlier in the offseason.

It is unknown at this time if either Schuessler or Blount were waived injured. The two reportedly took part in the Steelers recent rookie minicamp. Blount is the son of Steelers Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Sad day. 🙁

  • Kevin Artis

    These guys must know they have very little chance of making this team. But I guess they can put something on tape that will entice some other teams.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I hope we circle back around on Akil like we did with Deebo. I look at his measurables and I just can’t understand how he isn’t being valued. Let alone those exceptional and rarefied genes. 😉

  • Dave Warren

    welcome back to my fellow Wahoo… hooray! can’t wait to see you at camp.

  • SoCal Steeler

    Yeah, for sure! I was really looking forward to seeing what he brought to the table. To see if he had any of his dad’s talent and toughness. Maybe he’ll cycle back around just like Severin just did.

  • John Pennington

    Said it before the steelers cant see talent if it hit them in the face.

  • John

    We had such a bevy of depth at inside linebacker. Cutting Blount makes too much sense.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m bummed, too! It’s gotta be an injury thing.

  • Matt Manzo

    So, does the Severin signing mean that Ed was right? Bryant does have a hip?

  • John Pennington

    Good to see Severin back now just get Blount back.

  • John Pennington

    Will the Steelers find another safety?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Apparently, we’re bursting Linebackers out of our ears.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ll hardly accept ANY other reasoning. Go back and re-read Alex’s article when we signed him… he was really excited, as most of us were. And we should have been. I love how he highlighted his 30 sacks in one year in HS. His measurables and pedigree are quite damn good comparatively. Draft Diamonds did an interview with him before the draft his year where he mentions how Mel has been having him watch tape and break-down film for years and years and how his football IQ is therefore among not only his strengths, but the best. I’m really bummed now today. 🙁

  • Jason

    I sincerely hope this is sarcasm. If it’s not then Tomlin must be the best coach of all time to take a bunch of talentless players to the AFC title game.

  • Jason

    I agree as well. Has to be injury related.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Hyperbolic… but with Akil, I’ll make the leap to that land and agree. 🙂

  • Applebite

    The Severin signing is interesting, only because of Bouchette’s tweet….

  • Applebite

    We’ll soon find out…

  • Lambert58

    Say it aint so! Was hoping Akil Blount might make some noise.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Yeah it’s puzzling, particularly considering the lack of athleticism with Vince and Red.

  • Good question!

  • SilverSteel

    As was I. You cant tell me that a few of these other camp bodies could not have been spared to develop an athletic ILB like Blount – and at a position of need to boot. Say it aint so….

  • SilverSteel

    That was a shocker for sure. I was starting to research Akil and I like what I saw. Could have used more time to compete. Let a camp body go instead. Maybe they do bring him back.

  • SilverSteel

    He would have been easy to stash on the PS too.

  • CP72

    AB, Bell, Tuitt, Harrison, Gilbert, Cockrell, Hargrave, Davis, Foster, AV, Bryant, Rogers, Williams…12 starters not one is a 1st rounder. Some not drafted at all.

    Obviously a lack of talent evaluation in this organization….facepalm.

  • John Pennington

    Just sarcasm

  • John Pennington

    Just seems some guys don’t get a good look that’s what I’m saying that’s all.

  • John Pennington

    Some young guys just don’t get a good look sometimes that’s what I was talking about.

  • VaDave

    Interesting thought. Certainly outside the box thinking. I like it!!

  • LucasY59

    has to be an injury reason (only thing that would come close to making sense) signing the tryout LB didnt help his cause, but the LB they gave a big UDFA bonus to seems like the worst of the bunch (small and slow) cant think of his name right now, think he played for Louisville

  • will

    Heard that Bouchette said it was his hip …….

  • Jason Vancil

    I hope he has 2 of them.

  • Does Canaan have even a puncher’s chance to make the 53, or is he just an extra pair of camp hands to go with Bart’s camp arm? Even if MB was hurt [per Ed B’s dropping the word ‘hip’ re MB], Canaan would still be pitted against Hunter, Coates, and DHB re taller or somewhat bigger-bodied receivers as well as Ayers, Juju, Rogers, and Cobi H. With Brown and MB, that’s ten WRs for presumably six slots.

  • Maybe they cut him early to give him a chance to land elsewhere–since his chance at the 53 was very slim.

  • I wondered–if he can regain his confidence re catching–if he could be a ‘move’ TE. He certainly has the speed to burn LBs and most safeties, and he is a physical dude, or he’s at least as strong as Green. He’d certainly present a major match-up problem with AB and MB wide, Juju or Rogers in the stot, Bell primed to sneak out of the backfield, and Sammie down the seam.

  • Conserv_58

    It seems to me that he must be injured in some way for the team to release him over lesser players.

  • Conserv_58

    I had to readjust my sarcasm meter on that one.

  • Conserv_58

    I’m not buying that excuse because every prospect they bring in goes through the same drills as every other player at their position. There has to be mitigating circumstances for a player to fall out of favor. It could be health, an inability to grasp the playbook, lack of necessary ability or a negative attitude.

  • Conserv_58

    I don’t know about that. I think it has more to do with the competition to become Martavis’ backup than anything else. As for Bouchette’s suggestion that Martavis has an injured hip I want to hear from the Steelers about it before assuming anything.

  • Conserv_58

    I concur with your Blount comment and had said so above.

    As for Coates switching to DB, I can’t see the Steelers entertaining the idea of doing that. Sammy was not a horrible receiver in college nor has he been with the Steelers. His biggest setback is his aggravating inconsistency which in turn results in him being unreliable.

    In Allen’s case he had worse hands in college than Sammy did. He dropped so many balls that his college coaches had no choice, but to convince him to switch to defense. What is so surprising about Allen’s position switch is he played WR all through high school and it’s the reason why he was recruited in the first place. Obviously, his evaluation was based more on his measurables than actual ability.

  • SilverSteel

    Never thought of that. Coates as a move TE. That is very intriguing. He has good size and plenty of speed. Hmm