Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:54pm
The guy you've never heard of, RB Juan Thompson, is helping the Broncos resist the temptation to add a big name such as Felix Jones or Michael Bush to an injury-ravaged, inexperienced running back corps. With Anderson's status uncertain (concussion) for the Aug. 17 game at San Francisco and Montee Ball (appendectomy) out until at least the third preseason game, Thompson becomes an interesting option in the roster roulette.
"We have got numbers there — kids that have been with us and done a good job," coach John Fox said when asked if he was concerned about the depth at the running back. "Ronnie (Hillman) got more opportunities. Montee is doing great, and he'll be back shortly. And Thompson played well."
The Broncos feel like the don't need to add another back, especially with the play of Thompson on Thursday night. The story gives him a "puncher's chance" to make the team because he's built like a boxer, a sculpted 5-foot-11, 225 pounds. He is equipped for short-yardage plays, where he first started making noise in training camp during goal-line drills. And his tires feature plenty of tread. He was part of a four-man rotation at Duke.
A violent goal-line collision in a 22-20 loss to the Ravens left Le'Veon Bell concussed, but the Steelers' rookie running back did some running Monday and is hopeful of playing Sunday against the visiting Dolphins.
"I'm going to take it day by day and see where we're at," Bell said. "The goal is obviously to play, but if [I'm] not able to, I'm not able to."
Bell and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith rammed helmets when they met near the goal line as the former tried to score on a 1-yard touchdown run. Bell fell forward and into the end zone even though the force of the collision caused his helmet to pop off.
The played was ruled a TD at first but was reversed because his helmet came off before crossing the goal line. He doesn't remember the hit but said he hasn't experienced side effects. Speaking Tuesday, Tomlin said Bell "looked good." His fate is in the hands of NFL protocol, however. The Steelers would likely rely on a committee of Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer in Week 14.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 4:50pm
Redman began training camp expecting to compete for the starting job but struggled to stay healthy.
Monday, September 30, 2013, 3:37pm
Bell scored two TDs in his debut and it seems like the Steelers wanted him back desperately to carry the load going forward.
The Steelers say Bell has progressed faster than they thought, according to Glazer. It's amazing how that can happen when you're 0-3 with not much of a running game - Bell was originally planning to play Week 6 after a Week 5 bye. Don't be surprised if Bell gets a lot of the workload, but it's also likely Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer see time as well against the Vikings, with the likely scenario being Isaac Redman is inactive, according to other reports. Bell could be a RB3 option when our rankings come out Wednesday. Keep in mind it's a struggling offensive line, but he does have long term value and will likely get a lot of work going forward as long as he can stay healthy. It could be the shot in the arm the Steelers need.
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:53pm
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (foot) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Bell's return is welcome, but he said he's still in the "healing process." We think he'll return in Week 6 after the team's bye in Week 5. We're hearing that Felix Jones will lead the Steelers RBs in touches against the Bears.
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin did not find many positives from the game, but he singled out running back Felix Jones, who had 37 yards on 10 carries and played 36 of the team's 58 offensive snaps. The Steelers ran for just 44 yards and 75 yards through two games.
"The running game was below the line," he said. "But I was encouraged by Felix Jones and what he'll be able to do moving forward. He knew when to bounce it and when to put his foot in the ground and get vertical. There were some things we can build upon."
Jones is a decent waiver add for owners desperate for bodies at RB. He has a career 4.8 YPC, but was a woeful 3.6 YPC with the Cowboys in 2012. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are in the mix, but Redman has been unimpressive and the team chose Jones over Dwyer at the final roster cutdown.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:42pm
Steelers: RB Le'Veon Bell will ramp up his activity.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:30pm
“He just needs to continue to learn,” HC Mike Tomlin said.
Jones could also lose time to Jonathan Dwyer, who was resigned and obviously is more familiar with the offense.
The veteran running back apparently was right.
Redman will start at running back Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals despite fumbling twice and rushing for just nine yards on eight carries in Pittsburgh's 16-9 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans.
"Obviously he played a bad game," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "He'll be given an opportunity to redeem himself."
Monday, September 9, 2013, 9:22am
The Steelers RB situation isn't good and it shows how desperate they are bring back Dwyer after cutting him just over a week ago. La'Rod Stephens-Howling is done for the year and both Isaac Redman and Felix Jones struggled in various aspects in Week 1. Dwyer could see time in Week 2 at Cincy, but it also looks like a situation to stay away from, on top of it being a tough matchup.
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 10:14pm
Says, "He's answered the bell for us before and we expect him to do it in a big way."
This goes against what some beat writers said about Felix Jones getting the start. But either way, Jones will likely factor in the game plan as well after making a good impression in a short amount of time. LaRod Stephens-Howling looks like he'll play on third down. Redman will likely be a bit of a risk to start as anything better than a flex until we see how this situation shakes out.
It's a bit of a surprise after the team kept Isaac Redman over Jonathan Dwyer. Jones made a quick impression on the Steelers, and even if he starts, Redman should still figure into the game plan. But it does seem like Jones will as well, and this looks like a true committee situation - along with LaRod Stephens-Howling probably playing on third downs.
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