Potential was the keyword that has been given to Anthony McFarland ever since he was drafted. While most people never expected him to become a traditional workhorse back, his speed and big play ability could have made him a valuable committee back. That hasn’t been the case though, as he has been mostly nonexistent through his first two seasons.
Luckily for McFarland, the Steelers running back depth chart is rather barren as of this writing. While Najee Harris will maintain his role as the bell cow, there is no clear backup behind him. Benny Snell is a below-average and uninspiring option. Jeremy McNichols can contribute as a receiver, but he has been unable to stick to a team since being drafted. The remainder of the depth chart is made up of undrafted players.
That all said, McFarland hasn’t stuck out as of yet and the remainder of the depth chart kind of has. McNichols in particular has been used in practice as a receiver and has impressed there. There hasn’t been much on McFarland yet, which is exactly what he needs to avoid. He needs to stick out sooner than later or else his roster spot may be put into jeopardy.