The Pittsburgh Steelers made several roster changes to their training team on Tuesday. With two large receivers on the training / COVID-19 roster, the Steelers have hired Damion Willis to train. Additionally, guard Malcolm Pridgeon was dropped from the training / COVID-19 squad roster and the Steelers released guard Nate Gilliam.
• Signed WR Damion Willis to the training team
• G Malcolm Pridgeon restored to Practice Squad from Practice Squad / COVID-19 roster
• Release of G Nate Gilliam from the training team
– Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 28, 2021
Damion Willis was not drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Willis made the team and appeared in the Bengals’ first seven games. After being released and resigned to the practice squad, Willis returned to the roster several weeks later. In total, Willis has appeared in 10 games with two starts where he had nine receptions on 16 targets for 82 yards during the 2019 season.
Released at the end of training camp in 2020, Willis was claimed by the Cleveland Browns but was quickly released with a failed physical designation. Willis then landed on the Jacksonville Jaguars training squad in December 2020. In the Denver Broncos roster during the offseason, Willis was released before training camp and then spent his preseason. with the New York Giants. Willis also served on the Washington soccer team for seven weeks until his release in November.
Malcolm Pridgeon spent 2021 training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was on the practice squad all season until he was put on the training / COVID-19 roster last Monday .
Currently, the Steelers have three players on the safe training / COVID-19 roster Karl Joseph, wide receiver Anthony Miller and wide receiver Steven Sims. The Steelers also have five players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster of players who were on the 53-player roster of Marcus Allen, Zach Banner, Isaiah Buggs, Devon Bush and Anthony McFarland Jr.
Stay tuned to Behind the Steel Curtain as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to face the Cleveland Browns next Monday night at Heinz Field.