Ed Bouchette tweets that the Steelers have cut their roster down to 53 players by releasing tight end John Gilmore, tackle Tony Hills, cornerback Crezdon Butler, defensive end Jarrett Crittenton, and punter Jeremy Kapinos.
Gilmore, Crittenton and Kapinos come as no surprise. The release of Gilmore means that undrafted free agent tight end Weslye Saunders has made the team. It was surprising that Crittenton made it this far. And either Kapinos or Daniel Sepulveda had to go.
Hills and Butler come as mild surprises. Butler, in particular, played pretty well in the preseason, and he’s young enough that it looked prudent for the Steelers to give him a bit more time. I thought the Steelers would go with five wide receivers and that Arnaz Battle would be cut, but Battle has made the team.
That ends the Steelers’ roster cuts. For more analysis, head over to Behind The Steel Curtain.