PITTSBURGH (AP)Quarterback Josh Dobbs and safety Sean Davis have reunited with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team claimed both players off waivers on Sunday, a day after they failed to make the 53-man rosters elsewhere. Dobbs was cut by Jacksonville – which traded for Dobbs last September – while Davis was let go by Washington.
Davis played 48 games across four seasons with the Steelers after being selected in the second round of the 2016 draft. His 2019 season was cut short by a shoulder injury suffered in a Week 2 loss to Seattle. The Steelers acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins a few days after Davis was injured, and the Washington, D.C., native signed a one-year deal with Washington in the offseason.
Dobbs, a fourth-round pick in 2017, appeared in five games for the Steelers in 2018. The Jaguars acquired him last September following an injury to Nick Foles, but Dobbs did not make it onto the field in Jacksonville.
To make room for Dobbs, the Steelers cut quarterback Devlin ”Duck” Hodges. Hodges achieved cult status briefly last fall when the undrafted rookie free agent ascended to the starting job in place of Mason Rudolph and an injured Ben Roethlisberger. Hodges went 3-3 as a starter while completing 63% of his passes with five touchdowns against eight interceptions.
The Steelers released defensive back Curtis Riley to create a spot for Davis.
Riley, however, isn’t going anywhere. He was among the 14 players Pittsburgh assigned to the practice squad Sunday afternoon. The Steelers also placed six-year veteran defensive tackle Dan McCullers, who was cut on Saturday, on the practice squad. Other notable players on the practice squad include linebacker Jayrone Elliott, running back Trey Edmunds, wide receiver Deon Cain and rookie safety Antoine Brooks Jr.
Pittsburgh opens the season at the New York Giants on Sept. 14.
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