Steelers budget free agent #2
A name that I have mentioned before, Justin Jackson is a great fit for what this team would realistically need at running back. While the team has their feature back in Najee Harris, the depth behind him is a mess. Considering this offense seemingly wants to run through the running game, finding a capable backup should be a priority.
Jackson is just that: a capable backup. He runs with good power and can wear multiple hats for a team. In a pinch, he can start a game or two and hold his own. As well, he is best served to take a few drives away from the starter so they can rest. While the team could give those snaps to Benny Snell, Jackson has a better track record of producing as a backup.
If the Steelers want to truly become a run-first offense, they need to get a more capable backup. Running backs are notoriously injury prone due to the physicality that is required at the position. Having a player that can take a few carries while your starter rests is a must. Jackson can do that effectively, and considering his contract won’t break the bank, he should be a primary target for this team before camp.