4 Steelers players who may get leapfrogged by rookies
By Andrew Falce
The Steelers got quite the haul out of their rookie class, and here are four players from last season that could lose their role to a rookie.
The Steelers added a talented group of seven rookies during the draft and added some intriguing undrafted options behind them. While the roster shakeup hasn’t been extraordinary since the draft wrapped up, there are some players who may lose their job to this rookie class. Don’t be shocked to see rookies take the roles of these four veterans.
Anthony McFarland is entering what has to be seen as a critical training camp for the third-year running back. On one hand, he has made the roster the past two seasons and the team didn’t bring in much in terms of competition for him. On the other hand, he has been mostly nonexistent as a player and a relative disappointment in the few opportunities he has received.
While the team didn’t outright draft a rookie runner this offseason, they did sign two as undrafted free agents. Jaylen Warren is more of a bowling ball type of player and a threat to Benny Snell. Mataeo Durant, on the other hand, is a similar mold of running back. He wins with speed and can use his hands as a receiver. Frankly, if either can contribute on special teams, they could make a case for McFarland’s roster spot.
After Najee Harris, this running back depth chart is wide open. McFarland could still stick around, but he would likely need to finally flash some of the promise he had coming out of Maryland. He has failed to make an impact to this point, and it seems likely that either of the undrafted rookies could take his spot during camp.