3 free agent running backs that could stimulate the Steelers offense

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28). Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28). Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chase Edmonds #2 of the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Chase Edmonds

2021 Season: 5.1 Yards Per Carry (9th)

1,551 Career Rushing Yards & 9 Touchdowns

Fans of the Steelers vividly remember the days when their offense could score at any given moment. In 2004, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization put their faith in a young running back from Clinton, North Carolina. His speed and agility intertwined with his playmaking ability helped Pittsburgh win their fifth against the Seattle Seahawks.

It has been a while since the fans who support the Steeler Nation have cheered on a running back like Willie Parker, but the reality of having a shifty tailback again is not out of reach. The talents of Chase Edmonds could help the Steelers bring that electrifying spark back to Heinz Field.

Elusive running backs are always a threat if used correctly. Their ability to make a difference in the aerial and ground attacks allows offenses to do more with their time with the football. Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals know this to be true. Their success in completing passes was credited to having a reliable set of hands at the tailback position. According to ESPN.com, Chase Edmonds has been targeted one hundred and twenty times during the last two seasons. His 5.1 yards per catch on ninety-six receptions gave the Cardinals more opportunities to move the ball downfield.

Moving the football down the field has been an issue for Mike Tomlin and the Steelers as of late. When compared to other offenses in the NFL last season, the Steelers are were ranked at the bottom tier. The team’s three hundred and fifteen yards per game average was the worst total offense average in the AFC North division. Adding Chase Edmonds to the Steelers 53-man roster should produce more offensive production.