Found May 01, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
With their first pick on the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell. Then on the third day of the draft there were rumors that the Steelers were shopping one of their running backs for a trade and that player was rumored to be Jonathan Dwyer. However, an attempt to trade one of their running backs failed and now the team will have a large group to compete for roster spots during the off-season and training camp. After signing former-Arizona Cardinals running back Larod Stephens-Howling, who played with Todd Haley from 2009-2011, and signing undrafted rookie free agent running back Curtis McNeal out of USC the Steelers have six running backs on their 90-man roster. Only four of those players are expected to make the final roster. That means cutting two players and one will likely be the undrafted rookie unless he shows very good things during camp. That leaves one more player to be cut and it won’t be Bell, which means Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman or Baron Batch could all be on the chopping block. Stephens-Howling seems likely to make the roster with his ability to return kicks, play special teams, and catch the ball out of the back-field. He is also the fastest back on the roster making him the only real option for a change of pace back behind a combination of power backs in Dwyer, Redman and Bell. Batch could be on the chopping block, but the Steelers are very high on him. He is a solid third down running back option and very good pass blocker in the backfield. Batch is also a very good special teams player and even served as the special teams captain at times during the 2012 season. Typically the Steelers want players [...]

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Craig Wolfley Podcast w/ Tom Bradley & Chris Hoke | Steelers Talk

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