After naming their 53-man roster yesterday, the Steelers announced the names of the 8 players who have been signed to their scrub list………errrr, I mean “practice squad”.
Each year, teams scramble to see which players they can sign to the practice squad. Practice squad players have the privilege of never actually getting into a real NFL game, yet still drawing a paycheck from an NFL team. What could be better than that?
This year’s list of scrubs includes wide receivers David Gilreath and Toney Clemons, offensive linemen John Malecki and Ryan Lee, tight end Jamie McCoy, linebacker Marshall McFadden, safety Damon Cromartie-Smith and cornerback Josh Victorian.
Many fans were surprised when the Steelers only named 4 true wide receivers to their roster. Chris Rainey is a utility player who can play running back, wide receiver, kick/punter returner, and special teams, but he’s not a true wide receiver. However, none of the other wide receivers in training camp distinguished themselves enough to actually earn a spot on the roster. But I thought that Gilreath was the closest to making the team. After him, I thought that the Steelers would have signed Derrick Williams instead of Toney Clemons. But apparently they saw more promise in Clemons.
You won’t be hearing much about these 8 players for the rest of the year. But for today, they’re newsworthy.