PITTSBURGH – After the Steelers cut 15 players Monday morning, three positions were left with only one man standing.
* But Will Johnson wasn’t about to accept congratulations as the new fullback. After all, he’s a rookie in his first NFL camp.
* And Shaun Suisham wasn’t about to light up a cigar. After all, he knows quality kickers such as Josh Brown and Neil Rackers are floating around the waiver wire at this time.
* But, Greg Warren could take a bow. He’ll be the team’s long-snapper for the eighth consecutive season.
There’s little chance the Steelers will disrupt that streak by bringing in another long-snapper this week after they cut quality veteran Matt Katula yesterday.
“I think they wanted to see what Matt could do, but I think they also seemed pretty satisfied with what I’ve been able to do for them so far,” said Warren. “I never felt a huge burden of competition from the standpoint of the organization, but I always feel the urgency of knowing my job can be passed along at any point.”
Warren said he’s been told in the past when the front office was looking to replace him. But each time he fended off the competition. This time Warren felt that Katula was signed to keep Warren on edge. He said the ploy worked.
“I would say I’ve had one of the more consistent and accurate training camps thus far,” Warren said. “If that was what they tried to do, it worked. That definitely helped me focus and definitely helped me stay on point.”
Warren also believes there’s a desire to maintain some stability after the sudden change in special teams coordinators last week, when former assistant Amos Jones was promoted over the deposed Al Everest.
“I was surprised,” Warren said. “But at the same time I’ve been here a while and know the system. Amos has been here a while; knows the system. We have a lot of veteran guys, so from the standpoint of having to move on I think the transition is going to be as easy as a transition could be, because we have a lot of leaders, because the system’s been in place. Al was able to teach me a lot of great things. He wishes us the best and we wish him the best.”
Along with Katula, those cut by the Steelers yesterday were: LBers Ryan Baker and Mortty Ivy; DEs Mike Blanc and Kade Weston; DBs Andre Freeman, Walter McFadden and Myron Rolle; WRs Paul Cox, Juamorris Stewart and Jimmy Young; TEs Jamie McCoy and Justin Peelle; OT Kyle Jolly; and PK Daniel Hrapmann.