Even with the addition of running back
The report says the Steelers "are committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back -- as they should be." He will continue to get the majority of the carries, but Blount does provide the Steelers much-needed insurance behind Bell.
There's no secret that the
"We're looking to add depth at that position, and a guy of that caliber, a been-there, done-that type of veteran, will be an asset for us," Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We need to have depth in that area and we will in the not-too-distant future, whether it's in free agency or the draft."
Last year Bell had 244 of the team's 342 rushes (71 pct.) in the 13 games he played in. Currently the only backs behind Bell on the depth chart are Alvester Alexander, Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole. None of them have carried the ball during the regular season.
Despite missing the first three games with a sprained foot,
Bell's 45 receptions were the most by a Steelers running back since fullback John L. Williams caught 51 passes in 1994. Bell doesn't leave the field on third downs, so if he plays a full season he could catch 60 passes.
Stephens-Howling must prove he's healthy following ACL surgery. If he's the only one who returns, the Steelers would seek to bolster the position through free agency or the draft, the report said.
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