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Steelers Free Agency Close Up: Running Back Mewelde Moore

The Steelers acquired former Minnesota Vikings running back Mewelde Moore in March of 2008, and I think that he could actually have a pretty big impact on the team.  With the drafting of rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall in the first round of last month's draft, it could be hard for Moore to compete for playing time at the running back position.  That doesn't, however, leave Moore completely out of the picture. 

In his career with the Vikings, Moore returned a total of 768 punts for an average of 10.4 yards per return.  Two of those returns went for touchdowns  Additionally, Moore racked up 503 yards, (an average of 19.3), on 26 kickoff returns.  The Steelers could always use some help on special teams, and I think that Moore could fit nicely into that facet of the Steelers 2008 effort.

Moore enjoyed his best season in 2005 when he caught 37 passes for 339 yards, (an average of 9.2 yards per reception).  This also makes Moore a viable option should the Steelers get into any 3rd and 7 or longer situations.  Moore has shown that he can catch the ball out of the backfield and pickup some much needed yards after the catch. 

Overall, I'm really excited about this free agency pickup and I will be very interested to see just how the Steelers utilize Moore, as well as all the running backs on the 2008 roster.

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