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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  • Adam Banig

    I think Bell is the only guarantee as you said.

    I got it like this:

    1. Le’Veon Bell
    2. Issac Redman
    3. Larod Stephens-Howling

    • joshsanchez

      That is exactly how I have the top three as well

      • Adam Banig

        Yeah, a lot of people forget that Redman would have been the starter last year if not for his injury. I just read this:

        The Post-Gazette believes Isaac Redman is ahead of Jonathan Dwyer right now.
        Dwyer was reportedly placed on the trade block right after the Steelers took Michigan State workhorse Le’Veon Bell in the second round. Redman, a long-time favorite of coach Mike Tomlin, appears likely to stick as the early-down backup. Known at one time by the nickname “Red Zone,” Redman has scored just five rushing touchdowns over his three NFL seasons. May 1 – 10:33 AM
        Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette