Even though Le’Veon Bell ended the 2015 season on IR, the Steelers didn’t feel the need to add any depth at the RB position, and that’s okay.
The Steelers have seen quite a few running backs come and go in recent years. Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Felix Jones, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Chris Rainey, John Clay, LeGarrette “I’m not getting enough carries, so I’m going to leave the field mid-game” Blount and kinda, sorta Dri Archer.
We all know what Le’Veon Bell is, and the unfortunate injury history. So, I won’t go into that at all.
I’m willing to say that DeAngelo Williams has been one of the best free-agent pickups that the Steelers have made. We all know what he’s done in absence of Bell. So, I won’t go into that either.
The Steelers didn’t take a RB in this years draft, and that’s okay.
Here’s why: Fitzgerald Toussaint.
Now, hear me out, before you close this article.
Toussaint saw a majority of his play last season when DeAngelo Williams went down in Week 17. In the Steelers two playoff games, Toussaint accumulated 97 rushing yards, one touchdown, and seven receptions for 62 yards. Obviously, these aren’t “eye-popping” stats. But I think he was solid for a guy who barely saw any snaps on offense. My only complaint is when he coughed up in the ball against the Broncos, Denver recovered the fumble, and that led to a scoring drive for Peyton Manning and company. Besides that, I thought Toussaint showed a TON of upside.
Unless someone unknown completely blows away the coaches, I think the third RB spot is Toussaint’s. If the RB depth chart shakes out like I think it’s going to, we’re looking at a backfield of Bell, Williams, and Toussaint. Which, in my opinion, will be a really solid backfield trio.