Steelers Forecast, RB Position, Landry Jones


The NFL offseason has officially begun and as we prepare for combines, free agency, and the draft Steelers season never officially ends. We’ll be busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, Feb. 17th.

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Cloudy with a chance of change

Chris Wesseling of Around the NFL is forecasting the offseason for all 32 NFL teams. For the Steelers, he expects a big change on defense, which is quite obvious considering they’ll have a new defensive coordinator for the first time in 100 years give or take.

Keith Butler will be in charge of revamping the porous secondary and finding a legitimate pass rush somewhere as well as finding out just how Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier fits into all of it. He’s projecting the biggest need for the Steelers to be a young tight end to eventually succeed Heath Miller along with the obvious needs on the defensive side of the ball. Tell us something we don’t know, pal.

Steelers by position – running backs

Bob Labriola is taking a look at the Steelers roster by position prior to the draft and free agency and he got to the running back position. The Steelers have one unrestricted free agent in the running backs corps in Ben Tate, who we saw just a few plays out of in the AFC Wild Card loss to Baltimore. Will Johnson, primarily used as a fullback is a restricted free agent.

Other than that we have arguably the best running back in the National Football League in Le’Veon Bell, but in order for him to follow up his historically great season in 2014 he’s going to need some help. There’s Josh Harris, who we saw little to nothing out of but made a case for himself as a possible back up for Bell and then there’s Dri Archer.

What’s up with Landry Jones?

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert had a sit-down with reporters last week and ESPN’s Scott Brown noticed some ambiguity over whether or not Colbert has confidence that Landry Jones will be on the roster to be deactivated for more games in the future. Colbert was asked if Jones had progressed enough to possibly pass backup Bruce Gradkowski for the No. 2 quarterback on the roster and he was very noncommittal.

"“No. Maybe he will; maybe he won’t.” – Kevin Colbert"

When there’s this much question on your teams’ 3rd string quarterback either things are really good at that position or really bad. Good thing for the Steelers it’s not the latter.

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