May 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell participates in OTAs. He is one of the only running backs guaranteed a roster spot in 2013. Mandatory Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back Competition Could Get Interesting

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Le’Veon Bell in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft because they lack a true feature running back. While he is guaranteed a spot on the roster, the remaining running back spots could be up for grabs from the team’s veteran players and free agent signings.

From Ed Bouchette of the Pittsbugh Post-Gazette:

Question on my #Steelers chat: Is rookie Le’Veon Bell the only lock to make it among the RBs? Answer:

I see it that way, I’m sure no one will say it. You can count Isaac Redman as having a roster spot too.  If we go by last season, that leaves only 2 other spots for halfbacks with 3 vying for the spots — Baron Batch, Jonathan Dwyer and Stephens-Howling. They also have a fullback.

Batch has primarily served on the practice squad over the past couple of seasons, while Jonathan Dwyer has the most experience as a starter in the system. However, the most intriguing player of the bunch is LaRod Stephens-Howling, who is a Western PA native and grew up just south of Pittsburgh. Stephens-Howling also brings a change of pace to the offense and can contribute in the return game.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the added benefit of his special teams production earn a roster spot, but the NFL works in funny ways.

Who do you think should earn the final running back spots on the roster? Sound off in the comments section.

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