Rookie minicamp roster announced

Senquez Golson is not eligible to participate.

When it comes to the subject of the rookie minicamp the Steelers will be staging over the weekend at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, the issue of whether Golson is eligible to take part always is foremost on the tongues of Steelers Nation. Alas, Golson isn't eligible.

There will be approximately 50 eligible players taking part in the three day's worth of meetings and in-shorts sessions on the grass, and the manner in which it's determined who is eligible is only slightly less complicated/secretive than the system used to award compensatory draft picks.

All of the Steelers' 2016 draft choices and the rookie free agents they signed after the draft are eligible to participate; any rookie who went undrafted and remains unsigned can be invited to participate on a tryout basis (there will be 16 of those); and then there are the guys who qualify based on not having earned even one season toward free agency and a pension, based on the rules outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Some other possible items of interest:

  • The quarterbacks will be Nick Arbuckle, a rookie from Georgia State; Dalyn Williams, a rookie from Dartmouth; and Jacob Huesman, a rookie from Tennessee-Chattanooga.
  • Some participating players who may be recognizable: WR Shakim Phillips, RB Cameron Stingily, S Jordan Dangerfield, C/G B.J. Finney, and TE Xavier Grimble.
  • CB Montell Garner, who most recently played for the Orlando Predators in Arena Football and reportedly signed a futures contract with the Steelers around the time free agency began, will take part this weekend. Prior to joining the Predators, Garner signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted rookie in 2015. He attended training camp with the team and played in all four preseason games. Garner's college career began at Navarro Junior College and then included two seasons at South Alabama, where he had 114 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, with one sack, five interceptions, 14 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
  • In for the weekend as a tryout is safety Kelvin Fisher Jr., who played college football at UTEP. Kelvin Fisher Sr., currently the Buffalo Bills director of college scouting, worked in the Steelers personnel department from 2000-12.

2016 Rookie Minicamp Participants

2-ONick ArbuckleQB6-1215RGeorgia State
82Demarcus AyersWR5-11190RHouston
16Issac BlakeneyWR6-62251Duke
25Artie BurnsCB6-0197RMiami (Fla.)
30-DGrant CampbellLB6-1230RBaylor
37Jordan DangerfieldS5-111991Towson
28Sean DavisS6-1202RMaryland
42-OMatt DooleyLS6-42421Indiana
6Branden DozierS6-0202RCharlotte
14Javien ElliottCB5-11176RFlorida State
41-DTravis FeeneyLB6-4226RWashington
71-OMatt FeilerOT6-63301Bloomsburg
67B.J. FinneyC/G6-43181Kansas State
5Kelvin Fisher, Jr.S5-11200RUTEP
40-DMontell GarnerCB5-111881South Alabama
85Xavier GrimbleTE6-42611USC
42-DJacob HagenS6-32051Liberty
62-OWade HansenOT6-5295RVirginia Tech
79-DJavon HargraveDT6-2305RSouth Carolina State
65-OJerald HawkinsOT6-6305RLSU
65-DLavon HooksDT6-33121Mississippi
8-OJacob HuesmanQB6-2220RTennessee-Chattanooga
39-OBrandon JohnsonRB6-2228RPenn State
33Cory MagwoodLB6-2228RFurman
79-OJustin MaloneG6-7320RMississippi State
64-OCole ManhartG6-42981Nebraska-Kearney
46-DTyler MatakevichLB6-1235RTemple
57-OMichael MatulisG6-5293RSouth Carolina
62-DJohnny MaxeyDE6-5283RMars Hill
57-DTyriq McCordLB6-3241RMiami (Fla.)
69-OBrian MihalikOT6-93021Boston College
2-DWill MondayP6-4210RDuke
54Aaron MorrisG6-5313RMississippi
71-DKhaynin Mosley-SmithDE6-0305RPittsburgh
64-DGiorgio NewberryDE6-6295RFlorida State
3Cheatham NorrilsCB6-0195RToledo
18Levi NorwoodWR6-01971Baylor
45Jamal PalmerLB6-3250RBaylor
15Tobais PalmerWR5-111781North Carolina State
41-OGus PenningTE6-6250RBaylor
19Shakim PhillipsWR6-22041Boston College
69-DRoy PhilonDT6-32911Louisville
49Christian PowellRB6-0235RColorado
46-ODavid ReevesTE6-5255RDuke
48Jay RomeTE6-6250RGeorgia
61-OQuinton SchooleyC6-4298RNorth Carolina State
83Canaan SeverinWR6-2205RVirginia
44Al-Hajj ShabazzCB6-22001West Chester (PA)
61-DDevaunte SiglerDT6-3290RJacksonville State
30-OCameron StingilyRB6-12451Northern Illinois
87Marcus TuckerWR5-10190RNorthern Michigan
39-DRay VinopalS5-101971Pittsburgh
9Donald WashingtonCB6-01974Ohio State
4Dalyn WilliamsQB6-0215RDartmouth

** Experience includes 2016 Season
O = White Jersey
D = Gold Jersey

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