According to a recent tweet from Mark Kaboly of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers added another cornerback to their practice squad to take the place of Isaiah Green:
#Steelers do add DB Devin Smith to the practice squad.
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) September 18, 2013
The move itself makes sense when one considers that Green was promoted to the 53-man roster yesterday to provide cornerback depth. Cortez Allen’s status is still uncertain for Pittsburgh’s upcoming game, and Curtis Brown missed last week’s game due to an illness. So I can completely understand why they would want to add another cornerback for developmental and insurance purposes.
With Green on the 53-man roster though, the Steelers needed a cornerback to fill out the back-end of their practice squad. Luckily for them, they signed back a familiar face in the form of Devin Smith.
The rookie from the University of Wisconsin recorded five tackles and one interception for Pittsburgh during preseason play, and he was actually signed to the team’s practice squad after the preseason ended over veteran Josh Victorian.
Unfortunately for the former Badger, he was caught in a numbers game at the position and was released before the Steelers played their first regular season game. Now that Smith is back on the practice squad again, he will once again have ample opportunities to develop his game and make some positive impressions on Pittsburgh’s coaching staff.
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