The Steelers released their initial 53-man roster less than 24 hours ago, and it already looks different. But the changes mean familiar faces are returning.
The team signed quarterback Joshua Dobbs and safety Sean Davis, two players who have worn the black and gold before.
Dobbs was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars when the team got down to their 53-man roster on Sept. 5. The Steelers traded Dobbs to Jacksonville after Week 1 in 2019. He didn't see any action with the Jaguars.
Dobbs played in five games in 2018 for the Steelers, completing six of 12 passes for 43 yards and an interception. He also had four rushing attempts for 11 yards.
He saw his first NFL action on Nov. 11, 2018 on the road in Baltimore, when he came in for one play and completed his first NFL pass for 22 yards and a first down, getting the Steelers out of a hole when they were facing a 2nd-and-20 situation.
Dobbs, who played at the University of Tennessee, was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Davis left this offseason via free agency, signing with Washington, but was waived when they went down to their 53-man roster.
Davis was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the 58th player taken overall. He has started 41 of the 48 games he played in during his first four seasons.
His 2019 season was cut short after Week 2 of the season when he was placed on the reserve/injured list with a shoulder injury. He finished the season with just five tackles.Davis has 247 career tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five interceptions and two and a half sacks sacks.
Davis was the recipient of the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given annually to the team's top rookie, in 2016 and was also named to Gil Brandt's NFL All-Rookie team. He finished his rookie season starting nine of the 16 games he played in and had 69 tackles, ranking fourth on the team.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the Steelers released quarterback Devlin Hodges and safety Curtis Riley.