Steelers Sign RB Stephen Houston

The Pittsburgh Steelers have filled one of their two open roster spots as it was announced on Wednesday that running back Stephen Houston has been signed.

Houston was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana back in May. The 6-foot, 225-pound running back finished his college career fourth on the school’s all-time list with 25 rushing touchdowns, sixth with 29 total touchdowns and ninth with 2,304 rushing yards. He also chipped in 658 receiving yards.

Houston spent his first two college seasons at Independence (Kans.) Community College before transferring to Indiana in 2011.

During the Patriots preseason opener, Houston played four snaps, but fumbled one of his three rushing attempts and finished with seven yards. The Patriots waived him on Sunday.

  • cencalsteeler

    They have either had their eye on this kid for a while and they swooped him up or they’re not happy with the back up stable of backs. I thought for sure they’d grab a TE or a lineman with that spot.

  • Steelers12328882

    Wait, we had 2 roster spots? Thought there was only one? And, another RB? C’mon! Tomlin staring down the backup TEs every day in practice is not going to make them any better. There’s got to be at least one TE out there that’s worth a spot on the 90 man roster.

  • cencalsteeler

    They might release a lower tier rb and then be back to 2 open spots.

  • Aric Brown

    TE or OLB

  • steeltown

    Jawan Jamison released, then Podlesh put on reserve list

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  • treeher

    Pats probably regretting that they let Blount go and this guy apparently is the worst of a bad group.

  • Ken

    What happened to Stephens-Howling – still rehabbing?

  • Guest

    Our back up QB situation is sickening! They can throw threw a barn door! Ben go down this season is a wrap!

  • CW

    Honestly don’t think much of the undrafted backs the Steelers have in camp right now so why not see if this guy has anything worth a roster or practice squad spot on.

  • CW

    He’d cost a lot more with little shot at playing unless Dri Archer were unable.

  • Dasojah Ingram

    Our back up QB situation is sickening! They can’t throw threw a barn door! If Ben goes down this season is a wrap! IJS

  • Crowned

    That’s the case for probably 25-28 teams in this league.

  • steeltown

    As it is with most Teams in the NFL

  • Steve

    This guy has great vision a second gear and a nose for the endzone. Let us see how he does.

  • Steve

    Spaeth is doing a great job at backup TE behind Heath.

  • Steve

    Billicheck hates RB’s that can’t hold onto the ball. He preaches that the football is like gold and you don’t let gold fall on the ground.

  • Steve

    Archer is more of a Slot/WR than a RB.

  • Matt Manzo

    I like his size!

  • srdan

    The other 4-7 have their backup playing. lol

  • mlc43

    He does have some size but he runs way too upright. He makes Bell look like he is running on all fours and that was one of the worries on Bell. The youtube highlight reel makes it seem like he has straight line speed but he is not at all light on his feet. So hard to tell with a “highlight” reel. We will see soon.

  • mlc43

    Lol! Nice

  • mlc43

    LSH was more of a change of pace/ 3rd down back and returner. This is what they have brought in Archer for…and so far so good. Im still waiting to see Archer run between the tackles because if he can do that even just ok…he is gold. I know he had those draws that did ok…so I am thinking he will be fine.

  • Steelers12328882

    I mean besides our top 2. Thought that was obvious.

  • Ken

    I know the type of player he is, I was just wondering if he was out of the league.

  • joed32

    He ran inside twice on Saturday night for 9 yards.

  • mlc43

    I know. They were both draws however. That does give me some confidence, as I stated, but I would like to see him go from a traditional running formation. I think he can do it.

  • SteveM2

    If his college highlights are any indication, Houston’s a decent receiver, and has a burst and some power once he gets out of the backfield. He was gang-tackled on the fumble, so…although it cost Houston his chance in Foxboro, he still seems worth a look-see here.

  • Dr. Doom

    Your an idiot, that is the case for 31/32 teams. Motard

  • CW

    I don’t think he’s signed with anyone, but that doesn’t mean he is out of the league yet.

  • ajleight

    I’m not going to argue too much, but I think Gradkowski could be a guy who doesn’t lose the game for you. None of us want to see it happen, but I think there’s worse options than BGrad and LJ if we just need a game manager who can keep us alive.