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Army vet Alejandro Villanueva lands on Steelers practice squad

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Alejandro Villanueva didn’t make the 53-man roster in Philadelphia, but he found a job with Pennsylvania’s other team.

Villanueva, who played at West Point and served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan before returning to football, has been added to the Steelers practice squad. The Steelers list Villanueva as an offensive lineman, which he played in college before making the rare move from tackle to wide receiver, while the Eagles were trying the 6-foot-9 prospect as a defensive lineman.

The Steelers also brought cornerback Shaquille Richardson and tight end Rob Blanchflower back to the organization a day after cutting the 2014 draft picks. They also brought back linebacker Howard Jones, who had some good moments during the preseason.

Wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, wide receiver Derek Moye, defensive back Ross Ventrone, defensive lineman Josh Mauro, defensive lineman Nick Williams and running back Josh Harris round out the 10-man practice squad in Pittsburgh.

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8 Responses to “Army vet Alejandro Villanueva lands on Steelers practice squad”
  1. bettis3636 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:54 PM

    Carnell Lakes project Shaq Richardson returns and THANK GOODNESS they Brought Howard Jones back!!! Good Day for us Jones fans!!

  2. thehouseofho says: Aug 31, 2014 2:00 PM

    From OT to WR? Why wouldn’t they try him out at TE instead? He obviously knows how to block from his OT past. If he can catch, I’d think TE would make much more sense than WR.

  3. Canton Bulldogs says: Aug 31, 2014 2:02 PM

    Love this guy’s back story. I hope a year in practice helps him make a team next year. A bit odd to place a college receiver, turned defensive lineman, into an o line player. Maybe he’s a TE developmental project. Now that would be awesome.

  4. clashpoint says: Aug 31, 2014 2:06 PM

    Good to see Ventrone back again, thanks to changes in the practice squad rules. That dude probably holds the record for most practice squad signing moves between his Steelers and Patriot careers. I read an article about him taking extra time to sign autographs in training camp, he’s apparently a pretty good man. I like to see the media talk about the good stuff, there’s far too much negative focus these days.

    Cool to see Villanueva signing too, I got lots of love for military people, he’s earned this chance as far as I’m concerned. Between him and McCullars the Steelers have 2/3rds of the NFL’s starting frontline for their league basketball team.


  5. phillyphan420 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:17 PM

    Damn I was hoping the Eagles would practice squad him, but I’m happy he ended up somewhere at least. Guy is a monster. Good luck.

  6. brokebackbrees says: Aug 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    That’s awesome! Good for him. I agree with Canton Bulldogs post about the TE project. That would be fun to watch.

  7. clssylssy says: Aug 31, 2014 3:53 PM

    Awesome signing by the Steelers! Was hoping the Cards would sign him but as usual they were a little slow on the pickup. Obviously he has the potential to play several positions and hopefully as some point we’ll see him on the 53. KUDOS to the Steeler Nation. Rangers lead the Way!

  8. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 31, 2014 6:47 PM

    A Pittsburgh signing in the tradition of Rocky Bleier.

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