A name that has been all hype but almost no production, this year is likely make or break for Anthony McFarland. The former fourth-round pick was brought in to be a quick change of pace back, but injuries and poor play have held him up. 2022 is likely his last chance, as a slow camp will lead to him being cut.
The Steelers seemingly envisioned him as the backup to starter Najee Harris last camp. He was used in a variety of ways, and there were even packages designed to have both of them on the field at the same time. An injury kept him out of action for the beginning of the year, and when he finally got healthy, he never established a solid role.
Luckily for him, the Steelers barely invested in the running back position this offseason. That means McFarland still has a good shot of sticking around. That said, he needs to make an impact early in camp if he wants to hold on to his roster hopes. Frankly, if he can emulate what we saw in camp last year from him minus the injury, he doesn’t just have a good case to make the roster, but to be the primary backup at running back.