Roster Recap: The changes continue

It's the time of year that if you blink, you might miss something, because the Steelers' roster continues to undergo changes in the early part of the offseason, including a handful last week.

The Steelers re-signed Steven Johnson to a one-year deal, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 9.

Johnson has made it no secret that he wanted to return, especially after an ankle injury cut his first-year in black and gold short.

"I am excited to be with this organization," said Johnson. "I don't want to go anywhere. I am looking forward to next year because this team has a great opportunity to win a championship and I want to be a part of it."

The Steelers also added six new players last week, including the sons of two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Akil Blount, son of Steelers Hall of Famer Mel Blount, and Mike Matthews, son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews.

Here is a rundown of the six players signed last week:

Linebacker Akil Blount – Blount, the son of Steelers' Hall of Famer Mel Blount, signed with the Miami Dolphins as a undrafted rookie free agent in 2016. Blount, who went to Florida A&M, was released late in training camp, and didn't play last season.   

Linebacker Jason Fanaika – Fanaika signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016. Fanaika, who played at Utah, was released during training camp and signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad. The Raiders released him, and he was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad.

Offensive lineman Kyle Friend – Friend, who played at Temple, was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016 and spent time on their practice squad.

Cornerback Devonte Johnson – Johnson, who played at Weber State, signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016, but was released before the start of the season.

Offensive lineman Mike Matthews – Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016. Matthews, who played at Texas A&M, was waived prior to the start of the regular season.

Running back Trey Williams – Williams came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2015. Williams, who played at Texas A&M, also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts.

The Steelers added some depth on special teams as well, signing long snapper Kameron Canaday and punter A.J. Hughes. Canaday spent time with the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, while Hughes was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 2016, but didn't make the final roster.

Other moves the Steelers have made this offseason include signing Greg Warren to a one-year contract before he became a free agent on March 9. The team also released cornerback Justin Gilbert, who they acquired via trade from the Cleveland Browns last year.

Here is a rundown of everyone who was signed after the season ended: 

Linebacker Akil Blount – Blount, the son of Steelers' Hall of Famer Mel Blount, signed with the Miami Dolphins as a undrafted rookie free agent in 2016 but didn't play last season.   

Running back Brandon Brown-Dukes - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Long snapper Kameron Canaday – Spent time on the Arizona Cardinals roster in 2016.

Cornerback Brandon Dixon - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Linebacker Greg Ducre - Spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins on practice squad and active roster in 2014 and 2015. Also spent time with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League.

Linebacker Jason Fanaika – Fanaika signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016. He spent time on the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins practice squads.

Offensive lineman Kyle Friend – Friend spent time on the New York Jets practice squad in 2016.

Offensive lineman Matt Feiler - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Safety Jacob Hagen - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Cornerback Mike Hilton - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Defensive lineman Lavon Hook - Was with the Steelers during the 2016 offseason.

Punter A.J. Hughes – Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 2016, but didn't make the final roster.

Linebacker Farrington Huguenin - Signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2016, but was waived/injured before the start of the season.

Cornerback Devonte Johnson – Johnson, who played at Weber State, signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016, but was released before the start of the season.

Running back Gus Johnson - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Linebacker Steven Johnson - Signed a one-year contract to avoid becoming a free agent.

Offensive lineman Mike Matthews – Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016.  

Offensive lineman Keavon Milton - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Defensive lineman Roy Philon - Was with the Steelers during the 2016 offseason.

Running back Dreamius Smith - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Wide receiver Dez Stewart - Was on the Green Bay Packers practice squad in 2016.

Wide receiver Marcus Tucker - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Long snapper Greg Warren - Signed a one-year deal to avoid becoming a free agent.

Running back Karlos Williams - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Running back Trey Williams – Williams came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2015. Williams, who played at Texas A&M, also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts.

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