Thursday, February 12, 2009

Steelers add 10 players

Seven members of the Steelers’ 2008 practice squad were among 10 players signed today to the team’s offseason roster.

The Steelers announced today that WR Dallas Baker, C/G Doug Legursky, CB Roy Lewis, S Ryan Mundy, TE Dezmond Sherrod, RB Justin Vincent and LB Donovan Woods have re-signed with the team after spending part or all of the 2008 season on the club’s practice squad.

The Steelers also signed three players with no prior experience with the team to their offseason roster. The players include RB Stefan Logan – who I reported on last week – WR Brandon Williams and FB Ryan Powdrell (POW-drell).

Logan (5-7, 185) rushed for 889 yards on 122 carries (7.3 avg.) and caught 52 passes for 477 yards (9.2 avg.) and three TDs in 2008 with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He signed with the B.C. Lions as a free agent in May of 2008 after spending time in 2007 on the Miami Dolphins practice squad as an undrafted rookie out of South Dakota. The 27-year-old Logan spent five years out of football before enrolling at South Dakota in 2003.

Williams (5-11, 170) played in 23 NFL games with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams from 2006-07. He was released by the Rams prior to the 2008 regular season and did not play with another team. Williams was selected in the third round (84th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the 49ers after a college career at Wisconsin. He signed with the Rams as a free agent in October of 2007. Williams has returned 35 punts for 245 yards (7.0 avg.) and 38 kickoffs for 888 yards (23.4 avg.) during his NFL career.

Obviously, the Steelers are still looking for help in the return game.

Powdrell (5-11, 254) originally signed as an undrafted rookie with the Green Bay Packers in 2007 but was released prior to the regular season. The 25-year old Powdrell, who played in college at Southern California, spent a week on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad in 2008.

13 comments:

alexrkirby said...

Please let Powdrell take Davis's job!

Anonymous said...

Roy Lewis takes Tyrone Carter's roster spot next year

Justin said...

Hey Dale, any word on Martin Nance? Does it look like he will be back with the team and have a chance of being productive this year?

Patrick said...

with all those additions, I don't know how we don't repeat in 09

Dale Lolley said...

I haven't heard anything on Nance. That we wasn't signed to the roster is not a good sign.

I like Roy Lewis.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to Mike Humpal?

Skeeter said...

I believe Humpal was put on the reserved / injured list before the start of the season.

Anonymous said...

Additions results in substractions...

Anonymous said...

Powdrell is the most exciting of the 3 new names.

Anonymous said...

yeah, Powdrell is a cool name. I look forward to seeing him play in the 4th quarter of the first couple preseason games before he is cut

Anonymous said...

I have a buddy who is a big USC fan.

This kid was tearing it up in the Sping "06" after he converted from LB to FB and was even going to get carries at HB and then he had a severe injury(break and dislocation). He also had knee issues with Green Bay.

Sounds like a great athlete but pretty beat up.

If you google the kid all you see is detail on the nasty injury.

Not sure if you come all the way back from those things

alexrkirby said...

"yeah, Powdrell is a cool name. I look forward to seeing him play in the 4th quarter of the first couple preseason games before he is cut"

Someone probably wrote the same thing about James Harrison a few seasons ago, lets not rule these guys out yet. The odds are against them though.

Dale Lolley said...

Powdrell's injury is on Youtube, I believe, for anyone with the stomach for such things.