Poll: Who will be the Steelers' starting RB?

March, 29, 2012
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One of the big question marks surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers is at running back.

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Who do you think should be the starting running back for the Steelers in the season opener?

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Discuss (Total votes: 5,802)

With Rashard Mendenhall expected to start the season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP), the Steelers have to find someone to replace their leading rusher for the past three seasons.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said this week that the Steelers aren't going to stay put with their current group of running backs. "I am sure we are going to get another running back, whether it’s in free agency or in the draft," he said. "We will address it."

Earlier in the week, general manager Kevin Colbert supported backups such as Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer to replace Mendenhall. "With the young guys we have [at running back], we feel confident someone will emerge who can fill that [starting] role," he said.

Who do you think will end up being the Steelers' starting running back in Week 1?

Here are the top options:
  • Go with Redman. In his two-year career, he has one career start in the regular season and 162 carries. But he stepped up in a starting role in last season's playoff game in Denver, where he ran for 121 yards.
  • Take a chance with Dwyer. A sixth-round pick in 2010, Dwyer has shown flashes but he has limited experience (25 carries in eight career games). He turned heads in Week 5 last season, when he totaled 107 yards rushing against the Titans, including 76-yard run.
  • Start a rookie. The Steelers aren't expected to take a running back in the first round, but they could be tempted to do so in the second. Boise State's Doug Martin and Miami's Lamar Miller have good value at the Steelers' No. 56 spot.
  • Sign a veteran free agent. This wasn't a deep running back class to begin with, much less two weeks into free agency. The top choices left are: Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant, Joseph Addai and Ronnie Brown.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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