Former Michigan State football star Connor Heyward has survived the final cuts and has made the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster.
It’s been a busy day for NFL roster cuts and I’ve been digging around to see which former Michigan State football players made 53-man rosters and which ones were cut and I’ve been pleasantly surprised thus far.
Jalen Nailor was officially announced as a member of the Vikings’ 53-man roster on Tuesday afternoon and fellow rookie Connor Heyward reportedly made the Steelers.
According to reports, Heyward made the roster and is listed as one of two fullbacks on the roster along with Derek Watt. He also doubles as a tight end.
Heyward had a strong preseason, catching five passes for 30 yards and making plays all over the field. A video even surfaced from the preseason finale of him blocking Aidan Hutchinson to the ground even though he was being doubled. This still goes to show he has plenty of strength and he takes blocking seriously at the tight end spot.
I think the Steelers will use Heyward more at the tight end position than at fullback and he could be a matchup nightmare there with his sneaky athleticism.
These past few years have been wild for Heyward as he went from starting running back to backup to transfer back to Michigan State under a new head coach and then an NFL draft prospect.
Heyward joins his older brother Cam on the roster and he was hoping to team up with Justin Layne on the roster but he was cut earlier in the day.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to watching Heyward grow into an NFL contributor this year and potentially a starter down the line.