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.
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. Â 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.
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