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Steelers Running Backs Benny Snell Jr. or Kalen Ballage
The Steelers will have four running backs on the roster once Anthony McFarland Jr. returns from the injured reserve list.
That was a shocker, and now Benny Snell Jr. and Kalen Ballage sit on the roster even though it was believed the team was going to carry four backs coming out of camp. Snell missed the majority of the preseason process with a nagging injury and that hurt his stock.
Najee Harris has played every snap for the running back position thus far in this young season. No one else has played beside their snaps on special teams, where Snell has shown promise. The biggest obstacle for Snell and Ballage will be when McFarland comes off IR.
Will the team keep four backs on the roster?
It is possible, as long as Snell and Ballage can show special teams ability going forward because they’re not going to get many snaps on offense. Harris and McFarland will get almost all of the offensive snaps this season, and the other two will struggle to find any. That will probably make one of these two expendable when players like Zach Banner, Stephon Tuitt, and, of course, McFarland all come off IR.
It will be a tough decision, but with the ability Snell has shown on kick/punt coverages, one would imagine that he would be the favorite to keep the job if only three backs are kept in the stable.