Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Running Back Situation

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 21:   Willie Parker #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 21, 2008 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Pat DennyContributor IAugust 1, 2009

The Pittsburgh Steelers are faced withwhat you could call a "Good Problem".  Last season, the Steelers were 23rd in the League in Rushing, with 1,690 yards.  In 2005, When they won Super Bowl XL, They were 5thin the League with 2,223 yards.  Going into training camp the Steelers have 8 half backs on their roster.  The First, is the feature back, Willie Parker.  After battling injury for the last 2 seasons, Parker has successfully recovered and now is ready to fill his role.  Parker rushed for 791 yards last season, and averaged 71.9 yards per game, though missing a few games due to injury.  The 2nd back on the list was the fill-in for Parker when he was injured, who in a way came out of nowhere, Mewelde Moore.  Moore stepped in when Parker was injured and played the role extremely well, and is expected to be playing the 3rd down back for the Steelers this season.  The next back is also returning from injury, Rashard Mendenhall.  Mendenhall was injured early in the season, but showed promising attributes to his game while he was healthy.  Mendenhall is considered a solid bonus addition.  The Steelers drafted a running back in the draft this season, Frank Summers, the RB from UNLV also known as "Frank the Tank".  Standing at only 5'10", but weighing 230lbs., He is expected to be used as a short yardage back.  Carey Davis will be competing for a roster spot at either fullback or tailback, where ever he could fit.  Davis showed good things last season playing fullback until Sean McHugh showed good things at the fullback position.  Justin Vincent, the 1 year veteran from LSU will be trying out once again after not making the team last year.  He is considered a long shot to make the team.  The Steelers reached out to Stefan Logan, the small, Canadian football league superstar.  Logan is also a skilled punt and kick returner, which could come in handy for the Steelers special teams.  It will be interesting to see how that translates to trying out for the Steelers.  The Final running back on the roster is Isaac Redman, the rookie from Bowie State, who is a contender to make the practice squad.  It will be interesting to see how this scenario will play out. 

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