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Pittsburgh Steelers End OTAs by Making Some Roster Moves

June 6th, 2013 at 9:35 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a couple of roster moves on Thursday. First, they placed futures signee Justin King on the team’s Reserve/Injured List. King, who the Steelers signed late in 2012 after a rash of injuries, was inked to a one-year contract. The former Gateway High School standout and Penn State cornerback will likely spend the 2013 season on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

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After playing both offense and defense in Happy Valley, King entered the NFL Draft, where the St Louis Rams selected him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.  In all, he spent four season with the Rams (playing three), with 19 starts in 35 games.

After departing the Rams, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. He opened the season on their active roster prior to being released in Week 5. King did not suit up for the Steelers in his short stint with the team in 2012.

To take his place on the roster, the Steelers signed another cornerback. Nigel Malone, an undrafted rookie free agent from Kansas State, will come in to fill that void. Malone, who originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts, is an interesting prospect and may have a real shot at making the roster.

Originally a Junior College standout, Malone had a solid two-year career with the Wildcats, culminating with an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. The 5-10, 185 pound cornerback was a two-time All-Big 12 performer and semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.

More physical than you would expect from his size, he will mix it up in the running game (51 tackles in 2012). He is athletic and has enough speed to play on the edge (4.49 40-yard dash). He is raw in coverage and needs some technique work, but he is productive and will challenge any receiver. For his career, he recorded 12 interceptions and 19 pass break-ups in the pass-happy Big 12 Conference.

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Tags: Football, Injured Reserve, Justin King, Kansas State, NFL, Nigel Malone, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, undrafted rookie free agent

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