Steelers 2011 rookie running back Baron Batch is recovering nicely from the torn ACL that he suffered in training camp last year. We talked to him on twitter yesterday with one of our followers about his recovery:
@baron_batch: Fantastic!RT @SteelerAddicts: @baron_batch RT @AnthonyCrisco: how is Baron Batch’s rehab coming along?
Batch also checked in with a local radio station in Pittsburgh to discuss his offseason: PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Steelers RB Baron Batch checks in with Troy Clardy on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.
With Rashard Mendenhall’s knee injury putting the Steelers’ running back situation in total flux, Baron tells us how his own knee injury rehab is going, and whether he’ll be good to go when the season begins. Baron also tells us why he enjoys blogging so much, how he hopes to change fans’ perceptions of athletes, and what his former college coach Dana Holgorsen can expect as West Virginia moves to the Big 12.
Baron figures to be in the mix for the Steelers 3rd down running back duties next season. In the short time that he was able to actually practice he showed promise, taking on the Steelers best pass rushers in blitz pickup. Batch is 5’10” 210 lbs. with good speed and great hands out of the backfield. That’s a good combination for a change of pace type of back that you want to see on 3rd down. He can potentially compliment Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer to give Todd Haley a different dimension to his new offense.
With Mewelde Moore being a free agent and recovering from a late season injury, the Steelers could opt to not bring him back in favor of Batch. Right now though it would seem likely that Moore will still be on the roster in training camp and the two will battle it out.