Steelers RB Tauren Poole Slowly Emerging From Deep End Of The Roster

With training camp slowly starting to wind down, it’s still unclear as to whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers will keep a fourth true running back on their final 53 man roster this season. With a full slate of preseason games yet to played, however, we might finally be seeing one of the younger lesser known running backs on the 90 man roster slowly starting to pull away from the pack.

Former Tennessee running back Tauren Poole, who was signed to the offseason roster way back in January, slowly appears to emerging from the group that currently includes Miguel Maysonet, Jordan Hall, Josh Harris and Jawan Jamison.

Poole, who entered the league originally back in 2012 with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent, rushed for 1727 yards and 16 touchdowns on 391 carries during his final two years at Tennessee. He also chipped in another 43 receptions for 335 yards during those two seasons. At the 2012 NFL Combine, the 5-10, 205 pound running back represented himself well, but still wound up going undrafted.

The biggest knock so far on Poole is his ability to stay healthy. So far during his young NFL career he’s had to fight back from a concussion in addition to a rib and knee injury. He ended the 2013 season on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad and now finds himself with the Steelers.

In order to make the Steelers 53 man roster this year, Poole has to prove his worth on special teams. Based on reports from the last several practices, he could very well be on the first-team kickoff return unit as the upback in the Steelers Saturday night preseason opener against the New York Giants. I’d also look for him on the starting kickoff coverage unit as well.

After the Steelers top three running backs, Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer exit Saturday night’s game, look for Poole to be the next man up. He should have a golden opportunity to separate himself even further from the pack with a good showing.

  • Steelers12328882

    I just don’t see the point in giving Poole a roster spot unless we desperately need him for special teams.

  • Caesar

    Is he practice squad eligible? I imagine not.

  • 2443scott

    it seems for the first time in a few seasons the steelers have choices on both sides of the ball …most offen they had a choice vet over a new player but now its a vet over a few new players and i use vet losely because the vets only are a couple years a vet…they got to decide do they want to keep those vets who have experience in a game vs a guy who shows more upside then the vet and what they shown so far…i do think they need 4 rbs dri is more to the team then a rb so that leaves just 2 ….so if dri will be used every where and one of the other 2 go down for a while you need that extra guy so you can still use dri because either blount or bell will need a rest during a game if one them would be down …

  • steeltown

    Poole was my pre-training camp #4 pick, but Maysonet is sure getting a lot of looks as well. Good competition happening.

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  • Milliken Steeler

    I like Josh Harris. He is a late comer but his strength. nice speed and I like his reads and how he cuts back.

    If given a few opportunities in the pre season, this is where he can shine hopefully.

  • Bo Spring

    Was at camp last Friday and Poole was getting most of the carries that day. Seemed like the defense knew what plays they were calling or the line just wasn’t blocking because most of the running backs were stopped at the line or for a loss. A few good runs happened outside though.