Steelers Cut To 53

A smattering of veteran reserves were cut Saturday as the Steelers cut down to 53 players.

The most discussed player on cutdown weekend, QB Landry Jones, kept his roster spot as the Steelers cut 22 players on Saturday afternoon.

Jones was kept while veterans Guy Whimper, Chris Carter and David Paulson were let go. These were the rest of the Steelers' cuts:

* Tight ends Rob Blanchflower, Bryce Davis (and Paulson).

* Running backs Josh Harris, Stephen Houston.

* Wide receivers Derek Moye, Lanear Sampson.

* Quarterback Brendon Kay.

* Offensive linemen Will Simmons, Graham Pocic (and Whimper).

* Defensive backs Isaiah Green, Dayonne Nunley, Shaquille Richardson, Ross Ventrone.

* Defensive linemen Josh Mauro, Ethan Hemer, Roy Philon, Nick Williams.

* Linebackers Howard Jones, Dan Molls (and Carter).

Some of the more interesting roster decisions included:

-- Keeping 11 defensive backs, including the injured Brice McCain and yesterday's acquisition, B.W. Webb. Tomlin has never had 11 DBs on his opening-day roster.

-- Cutting Whimper forced the team to cover two OL spots with two different players. Rookie fifth-round pick Wesley Johnson, who started at center in the last preseason game, becomes the No. 4 OT; Chris Hubbard becomes the backup guard.

-- Not keeping a No. 4 OLB among the eight linebackers kept. Terence Garvin will fill the position on paper, but it's a position that's losing snap counts -- with the likes of nose tackle -- as the team is forced to take a majority of snaps in a 4-3 nickel.

Of the above cuts, all but Paulson, Ventrone, Carter and Whimper are eligible for the practice squad, which can be formed at noon on Sunday.


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