Cuts and Keeps

It was bad news for veteran running back Kevan Barlow, whom the Steelers cut on Monday. But after reviewing film, Coach Mike Tomlin has decided he can't live without another veteran back. Read below for details.

PITTSBURGH – The Steelers didn't waste any time getting rid of one veteran as they got down to a 75-man roster Monday with their first round of cuts.

Among their 10 cuts was running back Kevan Barlow, a seventh-year vet who was a former star player at the University of Pittsburgh.

Barlow rushed for 1,024 yards in 2003 with the San Francisco 49ers, but his season totals dropped to 822, 581 and 370 in subsequent seasons before signing with the Steelers in February.

In four preseason games this summer, Barlow carried 22 times for 64 yards, an average of only 2.9 yards per carry.

The veteran ran high and tentatively through the hole and was a poor pass-blocker. However, he left the team on a high note since his last carry was a 1-yard touchdown run in Sunday night's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Also cut Monday by the Steelers were RB Larry Croom, WR Dan Sheldon, WR Eric Fowler, C Donovan Raiola, ILB Richard Koonce, DE Derrick Jones, LS Jared Retkofsky, PK Connor Hughes and P Mike Barr.

Players who have one year or less of accrued NFL service (fewer than nine active games in the one accrued season) and have not been on practice squads for more than two seasons (season equals span of three team games) are allowed to be signed back to the practice squad on Sept. 2.

All teams must cut down to 53 players by 11 a.m. Sept. 1.

KREIDER'S WORK NOTICED

The Steelers turned up the heat on their fullbacks Sunday night, and they played so well that both are expected to stick with the team this year.

Making the team had been a foregone conclusion for camp phenom Carey Davis, but such was not the case for incumbent Dan Kreider. However, word matriculating from the coaching staff Monday is that Kreider is now a roster lock.

On Sunday night he acknowledged that his position with the team was in danger.

"Yeah, the urgency's there," Kreider said. "I'm just trying to embrace it and do well."

Kreider showed that his lead-blocking skills haven't diminished in his eighth NFL camp. The 30-year-old threw blocks that could be heard up in the press box at Heinz Field. The same could be said of the blocks thrown by Davis.

"I noticed that, and they played very well," said tailback Willie Parker. "Carey and Danny, they really were going out there and hitting guys in the mouth.

"Even the one they called holding on Carey, Carey got a great hit on him and I saw it. I'm running the ball and I'm like, wow, so I had to hurry up and make my decision. I was following him so I chose to go outside of him. They called holding on him. I thought that was a horse-crap call."

Kreider threw a key block on Parker's 18-yard touchdown run and also caught a pass for 22 yards.

PRESEASON STATS

Through four preseason games, the 3-1 Steelers are led in rushing by: Gary Russell 129 (4.6 avg.) and Davis 71 (8.9); in receiving by: Nate Washington 8-123, Hines Ward 8-66 and Santonio Holmes 7-170; and in passing by: Charlie Batch 23-18-289 133.3 and Ben Roethlisberger 42-25-421 83.5.

The team statistics (with last year's final preseason stats in parenthesis):

Yards per carry 4.0 (3.5); opponents' yards per carry 3.5 (2.5).

Yards per catch 15.0 (10.3); opponents' yards per catch 9.6 (10.7).

Passer rating 85.2 (67.8); opponents' passer rating 77.5 (88.6).

Net punting 42.3 (36.3); opponents' net punting 40.2 (36.3).

Kickoff return average 20.8 (19.3); opponents' kickoff return average 19.6 (24.4).


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\r\nPITTSBURGH – The Steelers didn't waste any time getting rid of one veteran as they got down to a 75-man roster Monday with their first round of cuts.\r\n\r\n

Among their 10 cuts was running back Kevan Barlow, a seventh-year vet who was a former star player at the University of Pittsburgh.\r\n\r\n

Barlow rushed for 1,024 yards in 2003 with the San Francisco 49ers, but his season totals dropped to 822, 581 and 370 in subsequent seasons before signing with the Steelers in February.\r\n\r\n

In four preseason games this summer, Barlow carried 22 times for 64 yards, an average of only 2.9 yards per carry.\r\n\r\n

The veteran ran high and tentatively through the hole and was a poor pass-blocker. However, he left the team on a high note since his last carry was a 1-yard touchdown run in Sunday night's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.\r\n\r\n

Also cut Monday by the Steelers were RB Larry Croom, WR Dan Sheldon, WR Eric Fowler, C Donovan Raiola, ILB Richard Koonce, DE Derrick Jones, LS Jared Retkofsky, PK Connor Hughes and P Mike Barr.\r\n\r\n

Players who have one year or less of accrued NFL service (fewer than nine active games in the one accrued season) and have not been on practice squads for more than two seasons (season equals span of three team games) are allowed to be signed back to the practice squad on Sept. 2.\r\n\r\n

All teams must cut down to 53 players by 11 a.m. Sept. 1.\r\n\r\n

KREIDER'S WORK NOTICED\r\n\r\n

The Steelers turned up the heat on their fullbacks Sunday night, and they played so well that both are expected to stick with the team this year.\r\n\r\n

Making the team had been a foregone conclusion for camp phenom Carey Davis, but such was not the case for incumbent Dan Kreider. However, word matriculating from the coaching staff Monday is that Kreider is now a roster lock.\r\n\r\n

On Sunday night he acknowledged that his position with the team was in danger.\r\n\r\n

\"Yeah, the urgency's there,\" Kreider said. \"I'm just trying to embrace it and do well.\"\r\n\r\n

Kreider showed that his lead-blocking skills haven't diminished in his eighth NFL camp. The 30-year-old threw blocks that could be heard up in the press box at Heinz Field. The same could be said of the blocks thrown by Davis.\r\n\r\n

\"I noticed that, and they played very well,\" said tailback Willie Parker. \"Carey and Danny, they really were going out there and hitting guys in the mouth.\r\n\r\n

\"Even the one they called holding on Carey, Carey got a great hit on him and I saw it. I'm running the ball and I'm like, wow, so I had to hurry up and make my decision. I was following him so I chose to go outside of him. They called holding on him. I thought that was a horse-crap call.\"\r\n\r\n

Kreider threw a key block on Parker's 18-yard touchdown run and also caught a pass for 22 yards.\r\n\r\n

PRESEASON STATS\r\n\r\n

Through four preseason games, the 3-1 Steelers are led in rushing by: Gary Russell 129 (4.6 avg.) and Davis 71 (8.9); in receiving by: Nate Washington 8-123, Hines Ward 8-66 and Santonio Holmes 7-170; and in passing by: Charlie Batch 23-18-289 133.3 and Ben Roethlisberger 42-25-421 83.5.\r\n\r\n

The team statistics (with last year's final preseason stats in parenthesis):\r\n\r\n

Yards per carry 4.0 (3.5); opponents' yards per carry 3.5 (2.5).\r\n\r\n

Yards per catch 15.0 (10.3); opponents' yards per catch 9.6 (10.7).\r\n\r\n

Passer rating 85.2 (67.8); opponents' passer rating 77.5 (88.6).\r\n\r\n

Net punting 42.3 (36.3); opponents' net punting 40.2 (36.3).\r\n\r\n

Kickoff return average 20.8 (19.3); opponents' kickoff return average 19.6 (24.4). ","mobileBody":" PITTSBURGH – The Steelers didn't waste any time getting rid of one veteran as they got down to a 75-man roster Monday with their first round of cuts.

Among their 10 cuts was running back Kevan Barlow, a seventh-year vet who was a former star player at the University of Pittsburgh.

Barlow rushed for 1,024 yards in 2003 with the San Francisco 49ers, but his season totals dropped to 822, 581 and 370 in subsequent seasons before signing with the Steelers in February.

In four preseason games this summer, Barlow carried 22 times for 64 yards, an average of only 2.9 yards per carry.

The veteran ran high and tentatively through the hole and was a poor pass-blocker. However, he left the team on a high note since his last carry was a 1-yard touchdown run in Sunday night's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Also cut Monday by the Steelers were RB Larry Croom, WR Dan Sheldon, WR Eric Fowler, C Donovan Raiola, ILB Richard Koonce, DE Derrick Jones, LS Jared Retkofsky, PK Connor Hughes and P Mike Barr.

Players who have one year or less of accrued NFL service (fewer than nine active games in the one accrued season) and have not been on practice squads for more than two seasons (season equals span of three team games) are allowed to be signed back to the practice squad on Sept. 2.

All teams must cut down to 53 players by 11 a.m. Sept. 1.

The Steelers turned up the heat on their fullbacks Sunday night, and they played so well that both are expected to stick with the team this year.

Making the team had been a foregone conclusion for camp phenom Carey Davis, but such was not the case for incumbent Dan Kreider. However, word matriculating from the coaching staff Monday is that Kreider is now a roster lock.

On Sunday night he acknowledged that his position with the team was in danger.

\"Yeah, the urgency's there,\" Kreider said. \"I'm just trying to embrace it and do well.\"

Kreider showed that his lead-blocking skills haven't diminished in his eighth NFL camp. The 30-year-old threw blocks that could be heard up in the press box at Heinz Field. The same could be said of the blocks thrown by Davis.

\"I noticed that, and they played very well,\" said tailback Willie Parker. \"Carey and Danny, they really were going out there and hitting guys in the mouth.

\"Even the one they called holding on Carey, Carey got a great hit on him and I saw it. I'm running the ball and I'm like, wow, so I had to hurry up and make my decision. I was following him so I chose to go outside of him. They called holding on him. I thought that was a horse-crap call.\"

Kreider threw a key block on Parker's 18-yard touchdown run and also caught a pass for 22 yards.

Through four preseason games, the 3-1 Steelers are led in rushing by: Gary Russell 129 (4.6 avg.) and Davis 71 (8.9); in receiving by: Nate Washington 8-123, Hines Ward 8-66 and Santonio Holmes 7-170; and in passing by: Charlie Batch 23-18-289 133.3 and Ben Roethlisberger 42-25-421 83.5.

The team statistics (with last year's final preseason stats in parenthesis):

Yards per carry 4.0 (3.5); opponents' yards per carry 3.5 (2.5).

Yards per catch 15.0 (10.3); opponents' yards per catch 9.6 (10.7).

Passer rating 85.2 (67.8); opponents' passer rating 77.5 (88.6).

Net punting 42.3 (36.3); opponents' net punting 40.2 (36.3).

Kickoff return average 20.8 (19.3); opponents' kickoff return average 19.6 (24.4). 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