One of the major dilemnas plaguing roster projectors, is what to do with Baron Batch. The rookie who captivated Steeler Nation last year in camp before losing his season to injury, has stayed healthy; and, he has seen plenty of playing time in the first 2 preseason games. His stats, and his running, have been disappointing. He still holds the same potential, but I would not want to have to rely on Baron to carry the load this season. Some are worried that he might not make it to the Practice Squad if he is cut. Others argue that he should make the roster on his blocking ability alone. Now, the consensus seems to be if we keep a FB, we only keep 2 TEs; or we keep 3 TEs. Either way, with Redman, Dwyer, and Mendenhall slated to be the top 3, and Rainey tabbed for receiving and return duties; how do you keep yet another Running Back who would rarely see any action, as the 4th or 5th man on the totem pole.
Why not play Baron at Fullback? I do realize he is small for a traditional fullback, but he's got the guts; and the technique. Picking up the FB position would add to his roster value, allowing the coaches to keep 3 true TE's. Obviously, he could simply find himself simply outsized in the running game; but he would be an asset during passing plays, as a pass protector and a receiving option. Will Johnson and David Paulson would stand a better shot of hitting the squad, while Baron still provides the depth at RB. We are seeing a lot of 2 TE singleback and shotgun, meaning the Fullback isn't a staple position. This is probably what led Tomlin to speak of David Johnson's role in the upcoming season, as the FB and 3rd TE, just hours before Johnson's season came crashing down. Batch would provide a FB with flexibility, like DJ; just a little different.