Just as the Steelersloaded up with fresh faces Monday, the team also announced the release of six players, including Keion Adams. A seventh-round pick in 2017, Adams garnered praise throughout training camp last season but never saw the field. He was the odd man out at outside linebacker behind Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt, Anthony Chickillo and Ola Adeniyi. This year, the Steelers added Sutton Smith in the sixth round of the draft and signed Tegray Scales (rookie free-agent) and Tuzar Skipper (undrafted free agent, Toledo) for further competition at the position.
Joining Adams on the chopping block are wide receiver Ka'Raun White, defensive end Jay Hayes, defensive tackle Chris Nelson, offensive lineman R.J. Prince and quarterback Brogan Roback.
White was signed in January by the Steelers after going undrafted in 2018. His career started in Seattle, where the Seahawks signed him as an undrafted free agent. He was waived shortly after signing there, however, before being claimed and released by the Bengals.
At West Virginia University, White, the younger brother to Cardinals receiver Kevin and Chargers linebacker Kyzir, caught 124 passes for 1,852 yards and 17 touchdowns.
This is what happens in the early stages of training camp. The team takes chances on some players and cuts ties with others. Seeing Adams' name among the releases did surprise me, as it seemed he was simply waiting for his opening to impress and to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Apparently, the Steelers have seen enough.
White looked fluid on Day 1 of rookie minicamp, but the Steelers have a stacked receiving corps, and "football in shorts" means little. While those two names perked up my ears a bit, nothing here is ultimately too surprising.
One thing Adams' release does do, however, is make outside linebacker a primary position battle to watch throughout camp. Dupree and Watt are locks. Chickillo and Adeniyi are behind them with plenty of heat on their tails. It's clear the Steelers want somebody to step up and stand out. Who will it be?