4 free agents available that could still help the Steelers win the Super Bowl
I love Steelers running back James Conner, but he has to get the ball in space.
James Conner is a great running back. However, he has shown that he can’t run the ball against a stacked box successfully. He requires some space to work with, considering his best trait as a runner is his vision. That is where Spencer Ware comes in.
He isn’t the biggest signing the Steelers could make. However, he could come in on the last legs of his career and help a championship type roster right now. He is listed as 5’10 and about 224 pounds as of now. He isn’t a freak athletically, however, he has good vision and still has a one-cut ability someone like Benny Snell just doesn’t have, which is vital for a lot of heavier backs in the league. He is also a good pass catcher and showed this even in his limited time off of injury for Kansas City in 2019. He’d be able to come in and fill out two roles at once taking over both Benny Snell Jr.’s and Jaylen Samuels’ snaps while more than likely doing more with those opportunities than they have shown to be able to do throughout this season.
What is more important is the fact that Pittsburgh has been unable to get any kind of running game going in recent weeks (with the exception of just a few plays against Jacksonville) and Ware offers a pretty unique skill set, as a heavier back that can catch the ball. He has a very thick frame and could grind out yards on short-yardage situations, while also being able to offer a better blocking option than Snell or Samuels in the passing game. That is while being more of a threat as a receiver than those two as well.
Ware would theoretically offer a shorter version of James Conner to come in and rotate with Conner while monitoring #30’s workload. More importantly, he offers a veteran presence in that running back room that none of those players currently have. That alone could help considering Conner is the oldest running back on the active roster at the current moment and is only in the 4th year of his career.