For the Pittsburgh Steelers, having more than one star at running back is making for a very exciting preseason.
The Running back position is shaping up to be an interesting battle this year. There are a number of different ways that they could go with this position.
Le’Veon Bell is a lock to make the team but has made things interesting this offseason and camp. He was placed under the franchise tag and then was not able to come to an agreement with the Steelers on a long-term deal. Bell wanted 15 million dollars and guaranteed money over the life of his contract. Bell has since held out of camp but has pledged to report nine days before the first game.
James Conner was a compensatory pick in the third round of the NFL draft. He is most likely going to make the team. He made his debut last Sunday against the Falcons and ran for around 100 yards. At the same time, he looked poor in the passing game, dropping two passes thrown to him.
Fitzgerald Toussant has been at the front of the running back line this preseason. He has a couple years of experience and has given the Steelers depth at running back in the past. He is also an asset on special teams, and that makes him a legitimate candidate to make the team.
Knile Davis is somewhat of a journeyman. His best years were with the Kansas City Chiefs. His value comes in the form of being a kick returner although he has been very average in the preseason thus far. He also made a tackle in kick coverage which will keep the Steelers coaches eyes on him.
Trey Williams was a relative unknown until he brought a punt back for a touchdown. He has also looked good returning other punts and has made some smart decisions in that part of the game. I would like to see him get a chance to return kicks and play in the offense.
Terrell Watson has looked good when given the ball in the preseason. He has not had to go against top notch competition, but he seems worthy of at least a practice squad role.