Steelers release Landry Jones; Trim to 53

The Steelers parted ways with veteran quarterback Landry Jones today. Jones was expected to be the Steelers back up to Ben Roethlisberger, but wasn’t able to keep his position after Joshua Dobbs strong preseason.

The Steelers choose to keep safety Marcus Allen over free agent signee Nat Berhe. Both possess a big hit capability, but Allen has a much higher ceiling.

The cuts were as follows –

From Steelers.com

Punter Matt Wile, running backs Jarvion Franklin, James Summers and Fitzgerald Toussaint, wide receivers Trey Griffey, Quadree Henderson and Tevin Jones, tight ends Bucky Hodges, Pharoah McKever and Christian Scotland-Williamson, offensive linemen Larson Graham, Patrick Morris, Oni Omoile, R.J. Prince, Jake Rodgers and Chris Schleuger, cornerbacks Brian Allen, Dashaun Phillips, Malik Reaves and Jamar Summers, linebackers Keion Adams, Matt Galambos and Farrington Huguenin, and defensive linemen Parker Cothren, Joshua Frazier, Greg Gilmore, Lavon Hooks, Casey Sayles and Kendal Vickers.

In addition, the team designated several players waived/injured, including wide receivers Damoun Patterson and Marcus Tucker, offensive lineman Joseph Cheek, safety Malik Golden and linebacker Keith Kelsey. The team also placed wide receiver Eli Rogers on the Reserve/PUP List.

Incumbent Jordan Berry wins the battle at punter after Coach Tomlin expressed unease with Berry following a game in which he had punts of 31 and 25 against Green Bay.

Undrafted free agents Matthew Thomas, and Ola Adeniyi made the team at the thin linebacker position.

Former fifth round pick Brian Allen wasn’t able to hang onto his roster spot. He could find himself on the practice squad if he chooses to stay in Pittsburgh.

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