Tryout players Steelers should consider bringing to camp
The Steelers have a bunch of interesting options for depth RB this season, but that shouldn’t stop them from adding an RB with the upside of Rodney Anderson. Anderson was a lead back at Oklahoma, using his physical rushing style to bully defenses. His best season came in 2017 when he had around 1450 total yards and scored 18 times. Injuries derailed his college career though, which caused him to fall to the 6th round of the 2019 draft.
He had a promising preseason with the Bengals last year but tore the same ACL he tore in college. A grueling injury to come back from, Anderson has reportedly been doing well during rehab, and there were rumors he would be competing to make the Bengals roster this year. The early round of cuts caused him to lose that opportunity but could open the door for the Steelers to look into him. While he would likely spend the year on the practice squad, he would be a sound insurance policy if one of the power backs were to miss time during the season.
Anderson needs to be more durable, but he could be a solid rotational piece down the road if he could stick with the Steelers. He was dominant during his healthy season in college and considering the Steelers question mark at the position past 2020, Anderson could be an intriguing committee option in the future. Regardless, his path to the Steelers would start with a tryout to see if he is healthy enough to practice.