Former Pitt running back LaRod Stephens-Howling has solid debut with the Steelers in 18-13 loss to Giants

Justin K. Aller

Former Pitt running back LaRod Stephens-Howling played his first game with his new team the Pittsburgh Steelers after signing with them in the offseason. The Steelers fell to the New York Giants 18-13, but LSH didn't disappoint, breaking a few nice runs and rushing for 40 yards on only seven carries.

Stephens-Howling's performance might not sound like too much, but with so many players getting carries in preseason games, his 40 yards actually led both teams. The seven carries he received were the most on the Steelers and even more impressive were the 5.7 yards per carry that he gained on the night.

Playing in only a preseason game, the expectations should be tempered. But Stephens-Howling did enough in Arizona that he should get some significant playing time. His size likely hampers him from being an every-down back, but Stephens-Howling is a nice change of pace rusher and as I've said before, has been a good kick returner. The running back has said the Steelers will use him to return kicks.

Great to see him break out a bit and show what he can do.

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