Last year the Pittsburgh Steelers running game was almost non-existent. They finished third to last in the NFL with 1,383 rushing yards and only nine touchdowns. They were tied with the Cleveland Browns for rushing yards and the San Diego Chargers with their nine rushing touchdowns.
Running back Le’Veon Bell will enter the 2014 season as the teams starting running back. That’s if he doesn’t suffer another injury to prevents him from carrying the workload right off the bat. Back up’s Jonathan Dwyer and La’Rod Stephens-Howling failed to help out this Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
Dwyer finished the year with 49 carries for 197 yards, becoming the teams short-yard specialist. Stephens-Howling missed the entire season with a torn ACL but is expected to be ready before training camp.
Now according to ESPN.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to bring back both Jonathan Dwyer and La’Rod Stephens-Howling. Dwyer was cut before the regular season but was brought back shortly after his release. He could return to the team as insurance, but nothing more.
Stephens-Howling will likely compete for the backup role against Dwyer once training camp starts and could get a veteran minimum contract.