The Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman – all in favor of moving second-year running back Le’Veon Bell to the top of their depth chart. Bell showed incremental improvement over his rookie season. Despite a slow start and injury, Bell was able to rumble for 860 yards on 244 attempts and eight touchdowns. His longest rush was a 43-yarder. Bell’s best game came against the Green Bay Packers in week 16 – rushing for 124 yards and a touchdown. Add to that 45 receptions for 399 yards and you’ve got a star in the making.
The Steelers went a step further in creating a setup for rushing explosiveness by going out and getting free agent running back LeGarrett Blount who spent his 2013 season with the New England Patriots. Blount’s most successful season was 2010, where he rushed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 201 times for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns. In 2013, Blount rushed 153 times for the Patriots and added 772 more yards and seven touchdowns to his career total.
The Steelers have added other players to their roster, many as futures-contracts. To get a better look of what the roster looks like ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, we begin with the running backs.