The Pittsburgh Steelers unveiled a shiny new running back in their 2013 preseason opener against the New York Giants.
Maybe at some point Le’Veon Bell will play, too.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, signed as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals, led the Steelers with 40 rushing yards on seven carries in last week’s 18-13 loss to the Giants at Heinz Field.
Stephens-Howling, along with punter Brian Moorman, could provide the Steelers with the type of free-agent contributions they haven’t had in a couple of years.
Assuming Bell gets healthy, the Steelers won’t need Stephens-Howling to be their top rusher when the games count. They signed the former University of Pittsburgh running back to be their third-down back and possibly return kickoffs.
The 5’7”, 185-pound Stephens-Howling has the speed to be a flashier version of Mewelde Moore, the Steelers’ third-down back from 2008 to 2011.
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