The Pittsburgh Steelers have gone out and made some moves to improve their depth at running back this offseason. The Steelers added LeGarrette Blount in free agency to complement former first-round pick Le”Veon Bell and there is a lot of promise with the team’s new one-two punch at the position.
However, the Steelers running backs don’t think they are getting enough love — especially LeGarrette Blount.
It all started with some rankings from Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, which left the Steelers stable of rushers ranked outside of the top five.
“I noticed that we’re not one of them, and I don’t like it,” Blount said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “In all honesty, I believe they’re downgrading the skill level that we have in our backfield by not thinking that we have one of the best running back groups. So I think that’s kind of disrespectful.
“We’re not going to go out here and go on about how we’re not in that group, but we’re going to go out and show that we belong there. I think we have a really good mix of running backs. Our group is good. We have the ability to do a lot of good things.”
The best way to prove doubters wrong is by performing at a high level on the field, and that is exactly what the Steelers will have an opportunity to do when the 2014 season kicks off.
Pittsburgh running backs have not been the most reliable unit in the past, but now they are improved and will be competing with a chip on their shoulder.