Moreover, Pittsburgh Steelers have the 11-years running back Ben Roethlisberger, who completed a 4,952-yard and 32-touchdown season.
Roethlisberger displayed a lighthearted confidence this week, saying, “We’ll just go empty [backfield]” when asked about concerns of running back depth.
“We’re going to look at the market, not only at the running back position but all positions over the next 24-48 hours”. “We got a little bit of our business done, what with our first game coming on Thursday, but we’ll keep an eye on what’s going on in other cities and the things that might help us be better”.
Steelers waived/released C Doug Legursky, RB Josh Harris, RB Jawon Chisholm, DL Matt Conrath, DL Ethan Hemer, DL Mike Thornton, S Jordan Dangerfield, S Alden Darby, S Gerod Holliman, OL Reese Dismukes, OL B.J. Finney, CB Kevin Fogg, CB B.W. Webb, LB L.J. Fort, LB Shayon Green, LB Howard Jones, WR Shakim Phillips and WR Jarrod West. Legursky will likely be brought back after Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) is placed on IR/recall this weekend.
The Steelers filled the 53rd roster spot by signing cornerback Ross Cockrell, a fourth-round pick of the Bills in 2014 who appeared in seven games.
In addition to the cuts, the team also placed offensive linemen Kevin Palmer and Mitchell Van Dyk on the team’s waived/injured list.
“It really didn’t present challenges”, Tomlin said.
Williams is the only true halfback on the roster and that’s not an ideal situation to be in to start the first two games of the season while Bell is suspended. “He has long arms and we are excited about getting to know him and include him into our equation”. “It clarified some of the challenges associated with putting together the 53”, said Tomlin about the suspensions. 50-55 and how to sort those guys out. “Having those two additional spots minimized that discussion”. Almost all of the Steelers’ 2015 draft picks also survived cut day, including outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo, who becomes the third generation of his family to make an National Football League roster. The veteran guys have done a nice job of helping them, particularly positionally.