Keion Adams, 2017 seventh-round pick, among Steelers latest cuts – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Keion Adams, 2017 seventh-round pick, among Steelers\ latest cuts - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steelers make multiple roster moves
Its something that seems to happen every year. A group of players come to Steelers rookie minicamp looking to catch the eyes of the coaches, looking to make an impression as they are there strictly on a tryout basis, no promises and no guarantees. And there are always a few players who stand out, who do what they set out to do by making enough of an impact to not head home when the three-day minicamp ends.

This year there were several young players that caught the attention of the coaches and they were signed by the team.

“Steelers announce they’ve signed rookie camp tryout guys Devlin Hodges (QB), Greg Gilmore (DL), Henry Mondeaux (DE), Damian Prince (OL) and Tuzar Skipper (LB). Cuts include 2017 7th-rounder Keion Adams (OLB) and former Hard Knocks star/Browns QB Brogan Roback.”

Steelers add WR Johnny Holton, 5 others; Keion Adams among 6 released

Quarterback Devlin Hodges, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, defensive end Henry Mondeaux, offensive lineman Damian Prince and linebacker Tuzar Skipper made the most of the weekend to end up on the teams current roster. 

Steelers announce they've signed rookie camp tryout guys Devlin Hodges (QB), Greg Gilmore (DL), Henry Mondeaux (DE), Damian Prince (OL) and Tuzar Skipper (LB).

Hodges, who played at Samford, set a single-season school record with 4,283 yards passing last season, breaking his own record set in 2016. He won the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top offensive player in FCS football. Hodges also won the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight year.

Other cuts include defensive end Jay Hayes, defensive tackle Chris Nelson, offensive lineman R.J. Prince, and wide receiver Ka’Raun White.

Hodges, who attended the New York Giants rookie minicamp the week after the draft, finished his college career with 14,584 passing yards.

Delvin Hodges, who played quaterback for Samford, won the Walter Payton Award as the best player in Division I-FCS last season.

Gilmore, who played at LSU, signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. He was released when the team cut the roster down to 53 players. Gilmore was with the Memphis Express in the now defunct AAF this offseason.

The team also signed wide receiver Johnny Holton who was waived by the Eagles last week. Holton was not at Steelers minicamp.

At LSU he had 104 tackles, 10 sacks, and two pass defenses, while starting for two seasons. He had his best season his senior year when he had 53 tackles and a team-high seven and a half sacks.

Mondeaux, who played at the University of Oregon, originally signed with the New Orleans Saints following the 2018 NFL Draft. He was with the Saints during training camp but waived on the final roster cut before the regular season. Mondeaux was signed to the Saints practice squad before the last game of the 2018 season.

While at Oregon, Mondeaux won the schools Tough Man Award, presented to a player for his Will to Win. His senior year he started 13 games, finishing with 45 tackles, six for a loss, and five sacks. He had a career-high eight tackles against Arizona, and added another career-high with two sacks against Cal.

Prince played college ball at Maryland with seventh-round draft pick Derwin Gray. He started nine games his senior season, and led all returning tackles in the Big Ten, allowing just eight quarterback pressures.

Prince and Gray both helped to block for the 17th best rushing offense in the country at Maryland last year, averaging 230.2 yards per game.

Skipper, who attended the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp the previous week on a tryout basis, played collegiately at Toledo with third-round pick Diontae Johnson, as well as second-year linebacker Ola Adeniyi.

Skipper was named third-team All-MAC his senior season and tied for third on the team with 60 tackles. He led Toledo with eight and a half sacks, fifth overall in the MAC. He also had 11.5 tackles for a loss, second on the team. He finished his Toledo career with 90 tackles and nine and a half sacks, after transferring from Monroe Junior College.

To make room on the roster for the new additions, the team released linebacker Keion Adams, defensive end Jay Hayes, defensive tackle Chris Nelson, offensive lineman R.J. Prince, quarterback Brogan Roback and wide receiver KaRaun White.

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin likes to use the phrase, “We don’t care how you got here.” Every year, the organization backs it up by keeping one or more of its tryouts from rookie minicamp.

The Steelers announced a flurry of roster moves Monday, swapping six players onto their offseason 91-man roster. Among those added were offensive lineman Damian Prince and outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper.

Both played at colleges that had players the Steelers drafted: Prince is an undrafted rookie from Maryland, where seventh-rounder Derwin Gray played. Skipper went to Toledo with third-round receiver Diontae Johnson.

Also signed as tryouts were quarterback Delvin Hodges, who passed for more than 14,000 yards at FCS Samford, and defensive linemen Henry Mondeaux and Greg Gilmore. Hodges is a rookie. The other two are first-year players.

A veteran the Steelers signed Monday is Johnny Holton, a 27-year-old who has appeared in 32 NFL regular-season games over the past three years for the Oakland Raiders. Holton has 11 career catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

Among the six players released was Keion Adams, a seventh-round pick at edge rusher in 2017 who spent one season on injured reserve and one on the practice squad.

Also cut were former West Virginia receiver Ka’Raun White, offensive lineman R.J. Prince (who spent last season on the Steelers’ practice squad), defensive linemen Jay Hayes and Chris Nelson and quarterback Brogan Roback.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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