The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of questions to answer during training camp. One is figuring out the depth situation behind starting running back Najee Harris.
As it turns out, one more name will be entered into the mix after the Steelers announced the addition of five-year veteran Jeremy McNichols on Tuesday. The Steelers subsequently released running back Trey Edmunds in order to make room for McNichols.
We have signed RB Jeremy McNichols to a one-year contract.
To make room on the 90-man roster, we released RB Trey Edmunds. @BordasLaw
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 26, 2022
McNichols is former fifth-round pick out of Boise State. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was released before the 2015 season began. He then went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Indianapolis Colts before settling down as the Tennessee Titans‘ third-down back the last two seasons.
McNichols is a decent receiver and fares well in pass blocking, so he could certainly provide a spark during camp. He’s played in 34 games over the course of his career and has 90 carries for 364 yards and a touchdown, as well as 40 receptions for 285 yards and a touchdown. His mark of 5.7 yards per touch in 2021 is a career-high.
With Harris and McNichols, the Steelers now have six running backs on the roster, including Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr., Mataeo Durant, and Jaylen Warren.
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