Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Thin Backfield Running Low on Depth for Now

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Thin Backfield Running Low on Depth for Now

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Wanted: Running backs to fill out the Steelers training camp roster. Tryouts start today.

The Steelers had only four halfbacks on their roster and drafted none, so they are looking for a few good men to man the position when they open their 50th Saint Vincent College training camp in July.

The search begins today when they welcome their rookies, some first-year players and a gaggle of others trying out for a spot on their 90-man offseason roster. As many as four halfbacks, three of them on tryouts, will attend the three-day minicamp.

Usually, the Steelers take six halfbacks or so to training camp and a fullback or two. It is more important for them to have enough this year because Le'Veon Bell will be suspended for the first three games, unless the penalty is reduced by his appeal. Veteran DeAngelo Williams, entering his 10th season after spending nine with Carolina, likely will start the season at halfback in Bell's absence. The only other halfbacks on the roster are Dri Archer and Josh Harris, who have little experience.

The Steelers did sign a rookie Saturday who went undrafted, Lafayette's Ross Scheuerman, a 6-foot, 204-pounder who topped 1,000 yards rushing each of the past two seasons and caught 88 passes in that time.

Fullback Roosevelt Nix, who signed as a free agent in January, will attend this weekend's camp. Three halfback tryouts also are scheduled to attend, although sometimes the tryouts change based on what the Steelers might find on their physicals or a change of heart by either party. Jawon Chisholm of Akron, Josh Bell of UTEP and Cameron Stingily of Northern Illinois are supposed to try out.

One of those tryouts could make it to Latrobe and maybe even accomplish the rare feat of making the 53-man roster. That is how linebacker Terence Garvin of West Virginia made the team in 2013. He was not drafted and went unsigned after the draft. The Steelers extended him an invitation to try out at their rookie minicamp, and afterward they signed him to their roster. …

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