The Pittsburgh Steelers running back situation has gotten a bit more interesting in the past few days. Draft pick and hopeful starter, Le’veon Bell, was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury and is speculated to miss 6-8 weeks. The good news is that he won’t need surgery and the injury will heal on its own.
After hearing this news it looked as if the team would be heading into the season with the same crew they had last season, plus LaRod Stephens-Howling. This isn’t the case any longer, as the Steelers have made a trade for Philadelphia Eagles running back, Felix Jones.
The Steelers traded promising OLB Adrien Robinson to acquire Jones. Jones’ chances of making the Eagles roster weren’t looking good, and with no use for the running back it was easy for him to be traded over. Even with Jones now finding himself in Pittsburgh, there’s no guarantee he’ll lock up a roster spot with the Steelers either.
I think this is an interesting move by the Steelers. I don’t believe Jones is the answer for replacing Bell. He is nothing more than depth added to the backfield. I don’t think it was necessary to bring in Jones with Issac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Stephens-Howling and Baron Batch; the depth was looking to be solid. The only explanation I could see is that Stephens-Howling’s knee is more troublesome than we believe it to be.
When I heard the news about Bell I become very eager to see what the Steelers would do in their third preseason game. I assume Redman will get the start but I was really wanting this to boost Stephens-Howling’s playing time. However, the team brings in Jones and Jones is not coming in to play special teams, he’s here to be a pure running back. Perhaps Stephens-Howling is worse off than we thought and Jones is now here to fill in for him. If that’s the case I can justify the Steelers’ actions of trading for him.
If Jones was brought in with the hope that he’d be a key replacement for Bell, I’m not buying it. Jones hasn’t be a significant player in the NFL for quite some time and I don’t believe he ever will be. My eyes will be focused on Jones’ performance against the Kansas City Chiefs to see if bringing him in was worth anything. If Stephens-Howling’s injury isn’t significant I would very much like to see him compete to be a featured back during the absence of Bell.
The Steelers running back carousel just keeps spinning around and around. What say you Steelers Nation, is bringing in Jones a good move by the team?