Exactly...every team is signing guys like this now (practice squad types to bring to check out during minicamps and OTA to determine if they are worthy to bring to Latrobe this summer). You can't sign vested veterans yet until free agency starts, so all that you can do is bring in guys who you bounced around on different teams practice squads. It's standard operating procedure in the NFL and we do it every year ...not sure why folks are getting their panties in a bunch over this guy in particular.
Originally Posted by SidSmythe
We already signed OL Joe Long and Justin Cheadle, wideouts Bert Reed and Derek Moye, and corners Isaiah Green and Ross Ventrone as well. Maybe one of them sticks. Maybe none of them do. But it's worth taking a look at guys like this, just in case you happen to come across a diamond in the rough (I like Jake Long's little brother...he was an excellent division II o-lineman that didn't quite have his brother's Michigan pedigree, which is why he was available to add to our practice squad late last season and then to sign to a futures contract for next year).
For what it's worth, here are the guys that we signed to futures contacts last year: OG John Malecki, TE Jamie McCoy, OT Chris Scott, OT Trevis Turner, DT Corbin Bryant, QB Jerrod Johnson, DL Mike Blanc, DT Kade Weston, LB Marshall McFadden and DB Antonio Smith.
1.22 OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree, 6'4" 269
2.56 TE Clive Walford, 6'4" 251
3.87 CB Alex Carter, 6'0" 196
4.121 OT Donovan Smith, 6'6" 338
5.160 FS Kurtis Drummond, 6'1" 208
6.199 WR Stefon Diggs, 6'0" 195
6.212c CB Cam Thomas, 6'0" 195
7.239 OLB Obum Gwachum, 6'5" 246
RB John Crockett, 6'0" 217
RB Corey Grant, 5'9" 201
DE B.J. Dubose, 6'4" 284
DE Martin Ifedi, 6'3" 275
FS Jordan Haden, 5'11" 200
P Spencer Roth, 6'4" 227
Because we went 8-8 missed the playoffs and feel like complaining
good grief, only needed to read the first five words of the overview, another speedy shrimp with no strength to fight for the ball...... will the Steelers never learn?
Originally Posted by Chadman
They might want him as a return man.
According to his combine numbers, he benched pressed 19 and his vertical was 43.5. I doubt fighting for jump balls is an issue.
Originally Posted by NorthCoast
Having 4 teams cut you in one year certainly means it isn't his forte.
Originally Posted by rock22
Well, that's not a fair assessment... could be he has trouble with routes, or is partially blind. Getting cut by 4 teams doesn't mean he can't jump & fight for a ball.
Originally Posted by Ghost
His combine measurables are not that different from a couple of other guys we have on the roster..
Schiavone's Race Career:
However, having 4 teams cut you means that 4 teams thought you were worth having on the roster...it isn't like the guy spent all of last year on the couch...
Originally Posted by Ghost
There are many reasons why a player is released from a practice squad. #1 is because of injury to someone on the 53-man roster. It then becomes a numbers game. Releases are not always totally skill related. Moore was not cut by the Texans, who wanted to sign him to a reserve/future contract, as did the Colts. He requested a release in order to sign with the Steelers. Let's hope he made the right choice.
Super. Let's report on more players who will never ever play in an actual game that counts and won't stick to the roster! Riveting news!