Steelers GM scouts 2 RBs, Georgia’s Pro Day
Georgia running back Nick Chubb was scouted by Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on Wednesday. Here, Chubb runs the ball against Georgia Tech in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
While the Steelers made their annual trip across the building they share with Pitt for the Panthers’ Pro Day, general manager Kevin Colbert headed to Georgia’s pre-draft workout, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
There, the head personnel man on a team that only has one currently healthy running back with NFL experience contracted to show up for training camp, got to see two projected early round backs work out.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined for 2,572 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground last season.
And while Chubb got more of the workload, both are supposed to be able to carry the ball full-time in the NFL. Each topped 150 carries and 1,200 yards during their 2017 campaigns. Michel in particular has been noted by draft prognosticators for his pass protection ability — an overlooked aspect of Le’Veon Bell’s game.
With the Steelers and star running back still lacking a multi-year contract, Pittsburgh’s backfield is very much in doubt beyond 2018. Bell has said he won’t join the team before the start of the regular season a longterm deal isn’t agreed to before the NFL’s July 16 deadline for franchise tagged players.
James Conner is recovering from an MCL tear. Fitzgerald Toussaint and James Summers are the Steelers’ other running backs.
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