Pittsburgh Steelers dream roster of Super Bowl era: Running Backs

Willie Parker Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Dan Kreider

Years with Steelers: 2000-2007

To round out the group, the Steelers need a FB to help pave the way for the running game. While the FB is a shifting position in the NFL where athleticism and ball skills are becoming more paramount, I’ll stay old school and add Dan Kreider as the Steelers FB. While Kreider is far from an offensive weapon, he was a punishing blocker who helped pave the way for Steelers like Bettis and Parker.

Is Kreider going to put up Kyle Juszczyk numbers? No, but what he will do when he sees the field is act as another lineman, charging in front of the RB and throwing defenders out of the way. It is an unglamorous position but considering the old school style of running by the two starters atop the depth chart, it makes sense to have an old school FB. The running game already looks potent, adding Kreider may make it unstoppable.

While not a vital position on the team, having a capable FB is still important in today’s NFL. The Steelers still clearly value the position as thy gave Derek Watt one of the most expensive FB contracts in the NFL this offseason. While Kreider won’t be a stats monster, he should still be able to help the running game carve out yards. Imagine a defense trying to bring down either Harris or Bettis with Kreider serving as the lead blocker. He would make this rushing attack unstoppable.

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The Steelers have been blessed with some truly remarkable talent at RB over the years. Given the idea of a backfield by committee, the Steelers could utilize each of their talented rushers to their fullest extent. The Steelers would have an RB for every scenario with this group and add to the potent offense that is being built.