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Tristan Davis Signs With Steelers To Help Prepare For Chris Johnson, Titans

The Steelers have officially signed running back Tristan Davis to the practice squad, and have released safety Damon Cromartie-Smith.

We wrote about this Tuesday. Despite recent injuries to Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore, you shouldn’t expect Davis ever to suit up for the Steelers for game action. Instead, they’re using him only in practice, by having him imitate Titans running back Chris Johnson. The Steelers’ two main healthy backs, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, are bigger, heavier players, whereas Johnson and Davis are small and quick. Davis was primarily a special teams player at Auburn, and he hasn’t yet played in the NFL. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon. But it’s interesting that the Steelers are specifically bringing in a player to emulate Johnson.

Cromartie-Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent last year and has been a practice-squad guy since then.

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