Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Watch: Blount Or Moore – Who Will Have Bigger Impact?


The Pittsburgh Steelers were uncharacteristically busy during free agency (by their standards), bringing in the likes of safety Mike Mitchell, wide receiver Lance Moore and running back LeGarrette Blount.

Most Steelers fans would agree that Mitchell, the expected starting free safety, projects to have the greatest impact. But what about the other two “bigger” signings, Blount and Moore?

At first glance, Moore seems to be coming in to the fold in a greater need position than Blount. The Steelers lost last seasons number 2 and 3 receivers this off-season, with Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery leaving for the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers respectively. Heading out the door went the WR duo’s 113 receptions, including Cotchery’s team leading 10 receiving touchdowns.

Jun 17, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lance Moore (16) participates in drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Many are expecting second-year WR Markus Wheaton to start opposite of Antonio Brown and have a break-out season. However, the former Oregon State Beaver standout has shown only flashes and proven little at the NFL level, netting only six receptions in 12 games with the black and gold.

Conversely, Moore appears to be making an early impression on his teammates and seems poised to play a big part in the team’s offence this season. According to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, QB Ben Roethlisberger had nothing but praise for his new offensive weapon. “Lance is a pro. He’s a great professional,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s going to be really good, and I think we’re going to have a good connection.”

Blount on the other hand comes into the fold as the undisputed number two back, behind second year starter Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers will be hoping that Blount’s bruising running style can help spell Bell and wear out opposing defences late in games. Blount also figures to feature prominently in goal-line sets and short yardage situations.

Although Blount’s touches may be limited, his greatest influence may be on giving the Steelers a viable backup option and helping to keep Bell fresh, something they did not possess last season with Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones.

Steelers fans everywhere will be hoping for both Blount and Moore to be significant contributors this season. But if Steeler Nation could choose which free agent acquisition would have the bigger impact, Blount or Moore, who would it be?

 

 

 

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  • SDAZT_STEEL

    Oregon State = Beavers, Oregon = Ducks.

    I hope that both of them shine, but I’d go with Moore since I hope that “11″ personnel packages with 3 WRs instead of jumbo formations are what the offense utilizes on a more consistent basis this season.

    As last fall’s finish proved, Pittsburgh’s offense is at its best and the weapons their most effective when they put opposing defenses on their heels with their speed and ability to spread the ball around to multiple playmakers. Not bunch everything in with extra OL and backup TEs/FBs/H-Backs who allow defenses to key on the one/two players on the offensive side of the ball that can actually hurt them.

  • Robert Cerjanec

    SDAZT_STEEL, thanks for the catch!

    I agree with you, I hope they go with more spread packages and utilize the no-huddle with greater frequency this season.

    For that reason, Moore is the pick for me as well.

  • Michael Greene

    I dont care which one just pound the gutts out of the whole league…

  • richard

    I’ll go with Blount, the better the running game is , the fewer hits Ben will have to take.