5 bold predictions for Steelers 2021 Hall of Fame game
By Andrew Falce
Steelers McFarland leads the team in yards from a back
While it is possible that Najee Harris sees some playing time in the Hall of Fame game, it seems more likely that the team distributes as many carries between Anthony McFarland, Benny Snell, and Kalen Ballage as possible. Given the questions that the line has, expecting a power back to create a lot on their own seems unlikely. Thus, McFarland seems like the most logical back to lead the team in yards from the running back position.
This won’t just be from rushing yards though. There will certainly be some passing yards added in there as well. McFarland has proven to be the best receiving back not named Harris so far in camp. Add in his speed and he has the best chance to make some plays on his own if the line falters.
Finally, this is the first chance the Steelers will get at observing their sophomore back. While he had a disappointing rookie season, he should ideally make a jump in terms of play due to the natural development he should have from going from a rookie to a veteran. Considering the Steelers’ running back depth chart is wide open right now, McFarland will have to capitalize on his early opportunities. I’d expect him to do just that in the team’s first outing.