Anthony McFarland May Be Down But Not Out





What should have been a potential breakout season for second-year running back Anthony McFarland Jr., ended up being a missed opportunity.


After suffering an MCL tear in his third preseason game against the Detroit Lions, McFarland did not see much action last season. In total, he played in just two games, registering only three rushing and 11 receiving yards. As things stand, the Pittsburgh Steelers' backup running back position is still up in the air, and is up for grabs.


With Najee Harris fully established as the team's No. 1 running back, McFarland's speed and versatility would have resulted in an expanded role in Matt Canada's offense; instead, he has become a bit of an afterthought.


In a class that holds a good number of talented running backs, there is the real possibility of the Steelers finding their next backup in this month's NFL Draft. One of the many names that surfaced was UTSA's Sincere McCormick, who met formally with the Steelers during the Combine last month. Considering the lack of production from both Benny Snell Jr. and Kalen Ballage this past season, it is almost inevitable that one will be selected from this year's group.


What will be key for McFarland this upcoming season is availability. In his rookie year, he showed glimpses of potential that had many believing he could be the team's main backup running back.


Even though last season did not go as planned, this upcoming season should present the opportunity to remind everyone of what he can do on the field. As he showed in his days with the University of Maryland, his playmaking abilities should be enough to leave little doubt that he is the one for the job.

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