Saturday, September 3, 2011
Pittsburgh Steelers cutdown analysis
By James Walker
Check here and here for a complete list of the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster moves
Surprise move: I liked cornerback Crezdon Butler. He performed well for the Steelers and made a very strong case to make the team with his performance in the preseason. This was probably the most surprising cut in the AFC North on Saturday.
Offensive lineman Tony Hills was a candidate to start just a couple weeks ago, which made his release pretty surprising. But Hills didn't perform well after numerous opportunities the past few years. The Steelers ran out of patience.
Punter Jeremy Kapinos was edged by Steelers veteran Daniel Sepulveda. Both had solid preseasons. Kapinos has a good chance to land somewhere else.
No-brainers: Despite showing flashes, Tyler Grisham had no shot with Pittsburgh's numbers game at receiver. The Steelers are very deep at the position. Receivers Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery were guaranteed to make the team.
The same goes for running back John Clay, who couldn't work his way past talented running backs Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Mewelde Moore. Jonathan Dwyer beat Clay for the final spot with a productive preseason.
What's next: The Steelers won't do much. Their roster is stable and the team escaped the preseason relatively healthy, with the exception of backup quarterback Byron Leftwich (broken arm) and cornerback Ike Taylor (broken thumb). At most, Pittsburgh could add a player or two for depth, perhaps on the offensive line.