The Pittsburgh Steelers are displaying an almost bare backfield. Le’Veon Bell is the only real running back the Steelers have as of now.
The Steelers recently lost running back Jonathan Dwyer to the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers showed no interest in resigning Dwyer, so the running back took to Arizona. With Dwyer’s departure the Steelers have only two other backs besides Bell.
There’s veteran Felix Jones who is an unrestricted free agent and LaRod Stephens-Howling, also a free agent and a player who continues to nurse an ACL injury suffered in last year’s season opener. Stephens-Howling’s injury will keep him out of action until late into the summer.
With only Bell really ready to go for next season the Steelers will need to eye backup backs in either the draft or free agency.
Free agency is probably the best route.
Moreno amassed 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Moreno was also a valuable tool in the Bronco’s receiving game. Moreno had 548 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns last season.
Moreno makes a lot of sense for the Steelers. Bell has only one year under his belt and although it’s apparent he’s capable of being a long term answer for the Steelers’ backfield, bringing in Moreno would allow a quality player who’s been around the league for awhile to compliment Bell’s early success.
Moreno would be a change of pace in the backfield and with his success in receiving it would also add target for Ben Roethlisberger.
Moreno’s break out year gives him a lot of momentum heading into this upcoming season which is why it’s surprising he hasn’t received more interest this offseason
The Steelers need a back and Moreno could be that answer. Jones is past his prime and would be a decent third back if he’s kept and LaRod Stephens-Howling’s injury will probably play a role in whether or not the Steelers will keep him around.
I personally believe Moreno has potential to be a starting running back in this league but even as a backup, especially for the Steelers, the duo of Bell and Moreno could enhance the running game ten fold.
We’ll see what the Steelers decide to do as far as finding depth in the backfield but eyeing Moreno isn’t a bad idea.