NFL teams must reduce their roster from 85 to 80 players by August 24th. Here are the next five cuts the Pittsburgh Steelers could make.
The first wave of roster cuts has been completed as the Steelers have been forced to release kicker Sam Sloman, offensive tackle Brandon Walton, wide receiver Isaiah McKoy, cornerback Stephen Denmark and defensive tackle Abdullah Anderson. Now Pittsburgh is waiting for tougher decisions: choosing which five players to cut next.
The 90-person NFL roster was reduced to 85 players on August 17 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and teams must be reduced to 80 players at the same time on August 24. It’s hard to say which players will take to the streets ahead of Pittsburgh’s final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, but here’s why these five Steelers could be the next to be released:
DL TJ Carter
We didn’t hear the name of TJ Carter often during training camp as the former Kentucky product didn’t make many splash plays with the third team defense.
Carter wasn’t a very prolific player in college – he only made 12.5 tackles for one loss and 6.0 sacks over the four years from 2019 to 2016. After Carter was not drafted in 2020, he was inducted into the Steelers’ 90-man list a few weeks before the 2021 NFL draft. Unfortunately, it looks like his journey could end here.
The chances against Carter were very high, as the defensive line is probably the best and deepest position in the team. With the Steelers bringing Tyson Alualu and Chris Wormley back and also re-drafting to take over Isaiahh Loudermilk, Carter had no chance. If he’s not cut on August 24th, he’s gone on August 31st.
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