Wide receivers Walter Young and Zamir Cobb were among those cut by the Steelers. The Steelers must release four more players by 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Steelers have six roster exemptions for players who played in the NFL Europe League in 2005, and can keep 71 players instead of the 65 mandated by NFL rule.
Young had looked good early in camp this year, but a hamstring injury sidelined him for a week and killed his momentum.
Cobb, meanwhile, had been a camp phenom last year before breaking his leg in the team's first preseason game. Despite getting constant props from know-nothing TV and radio fools as the sleeper to make the team this year, Cobb did nothing to warrant such praise this year.
The Steelers also released seven-year veteran fullback/tight end Matt Cushing and eight-year veteran wide receiver Chris Doering.
Cushing had spent the preseason trying to make the team exclusively at fullback after spending the past six seasons with the Steelers as a tight end and emergency fullback. Doering signed with the Steelers as a free agent on Aug. 11 because of a rash of injuries at the wide receiver position. He had spent most of the past two seasons with the team.
In addition to Cobb and Young, also released were offensive tackle Josh Burr, defensive back Vontez Duff, center Joe Iorio, offensive tackle Morgan Davis, kicker Shaun Suisham and guard Jake Verstraete.
All NFL teams must trim their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Two former camp phenoms among early cuts
Steel City Insider Top Stories
OTAs: Hope Springs EternalSCI publisher Jim Wexell takes a light-hearted look at what we can expect this week from the Steelers.
Steel City InsiderMonday at 4:31 AM
2016 Pittsburgh Steelers Team OutlookSenior Fantasy Football Expert Shawn Childs provides an in-depth look at the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into the 2016 Fantasy Football season!
Scout FantasyFriday at 10:20 AM
Matt Steel's Draft ReviewWith a chance to soak it in, SCI's draft analyst likes how it all broke.
Steel City InsiderThursday at 3:14 AM
Steelers Bring Back D.J.The Steelers reached back into their past to find a replacement at H-back by signing David Johnson.
Steel City Insider05/18/2016
Steelers Sleeper: Johnny MaxeyThe Steelers wanted undrafted defensive end Johnny Maxey enough to bring in Mike Tomlin to close the deal.
Steel City Insider05/16/2016