Steelers sign CB Malik Reaves, cut lineman who failed conditioning run

July 29, 2018

Over the first 24 hours of their training camp, the Steelers swapped out one rookie defensive back from Villanova for another. They cut the only player who failed their conditioning run, too.

The Steelers on Thursday signed Malik Reaves, a 6-0, 200-pound player whom the Steelers list as a cornerback but whom other outlets have projected as either a corner or safety.

Wednesday, the Steelers waived/injured Trey Johnson, who was Reaves’ teammate in the Villanova secondary but showed up to camp with a shoulder injury. Reaves spent about six weeks with the Kansas City Chiefs this spring after signing as an undrafted free agent.

His official NFL.com draft profile lists size, awareness and toughness as Reaves’ strengths but questions his athleticism.

Journeyman Bryce Harris was released with the designation of non-football illness on Thursday, a day after he did not complete the camp-opening conditioning run.

The first practice of 2018 training camp was scheduled to begin 2:55 p.m. Thursday.

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