What Will Mewelde Moore's Impact Be In 2009?

Mack RosenbergContributor IJuly 25, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Mewelde Moore #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds up the Vince Lombardi trophy as he celebrates with his daughter Jalyn Chantelle after their 27-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers' two coveted backs, a guy with a track record in Willie Parker, and a rookie who played with Darren McFadden in Rashard Mendenhall, both missed time with injuries. That paved the way for an older guy with experience as a backup running back—Mewelde Moore.

As training camp approaches, I am curious if Parker and Mendenhall can stay healthy for a full season.

If they do, I think this team has already written it's ticket for a division title. Now that Fred Taylor is on the Patriots, there really isn't a better running back combination in the league (except down in Charlotte, where DeAngelo Williams and Jonathon Stewart challenge the Steelers).

But, the bottom line is, the Panthers didn't win a Super Bowl last season.

However, where will that put Moore, who was the only Steelers back to play in all 16 games last season? He had a very solid season for a backup, with nearly 600 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

I have a lot more confidence in him right now than I do in Mendenhall. In fact, I bet you'd never guess Moore has played in 16 games three times in his five-year NFL career. He's been very reliable.

But how reliable will he be this year, assuming Mendenhall can stay healthy and play more than four games?

Pittsburgh has three running backs who can all get viable shots at racking up numbers this year (assuming Parker misses a couple of games to get Moore and Mendenhall in for some snaps).