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    Crowded backfield doesn't faze Moore

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    By John Harris
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    Saturday, May 31, 2008


    If he had it do again, running back Mewelde Moore would still sign with the Steelers -- even though Pittsburgh has since drafted Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall in the first round.


    In March, Moore left the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent and signed a three-year deal with the Steelers. The next month, the Steelers added Mendenhall.

    Moore, though, said he has never felt better about his decision. "I'm excited," said Moore, whose contract is worth as much as $4.95 million with a $1.35 million signing bonus. "I know my role. My role is being a return guy and a third-down guy, spelling the (starter and backup). That's something I'm comfortable with."

    Pressed about the possibility of an even bigger role reduction with the addition of Mendenhall -- not to mention the presence of Najeh Davenport and Gary Russell in the Steelers' crowded backfield -- Moore didn't blink an eye.


    "That's the reason why I signed on," said Moore, a former fourth-round pick out of Tulane. "I was asked to do certain things I know I'm capable of doing."

    Moore, a 5-foot-11, 209-pounder, played four years with the Minnesota Vikings, including one season when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was the offensive coordinator. He had 11 career starts, rushing for 1,285 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 116 passes for 1,093 yards and three scores.

    Moore's versatility with the Vikings was never more evident than when he was part of a rotation that included Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Michael Bennett and Onterrio Smith.

    "I've been in situations where you build a stable and use every horse in the stable," Moore said. "When you're called upon, you have to make sure that you're capable and ready to do it. I've been here, and so far, I enjoy it."

    Another reason for Moore's comfort with the situation is his knack for returning punts, along with the Steelers' need to upgrade in that area.
    Moore is Minnesota's career leader in punt-return average (10.5 yards), and he has twice returned punts for touchdowns.
    The Steelers' average of 6.1 yards per punt return ranked 30th out of 32 teams in 2007.

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    Moore is going to be big for us in special teams and also as a 3rd down back option. He's not going to be asked to be an every down back but we signed him to help us out in key areas which he should be able to excel in.

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    I liked the Moore signing....He has been looking good in the OTA's as well so far......He will be Ben's Keven Faulk as an out let receiver when Ben needs one.....Plus like others have said he will help in the return game......

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    I am still holding out that Dookie will get cut, they keep 5 backs, and Gary Russel stays as that 4th back with Davis being the FB. I have this weird thing for Gary Russel, I don't know why...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityrockers View Post
    I am still holding out that Dookie will get cut, they keep 5 backs, and Gary Russel stays as that 4th back with Davis being the FB. I have this weird thing for Gary Russel, I don't know why...
    I agree Rockers......I think Dookie will be the odd man out....Really no need to keep him....I also wouldn't be shocked if the Steelers just kept four backs......Parker, Mendenhall, Moore, and Davis.....It depends on the numbers game and if they want to keep in extra WR or LB over an extra back......

    But like you said I see Russell making the team over Dookie...

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    I believe Naj's time in Pittsburgh is limited no matter how well he does this summer. He's obviously behind Parker and Mende, MeMo is a FAR better fit for 3rd down and returnman and Russell is young and seems to be making strides. My only worry is if Arians uses MeMo in the right fashion. We have a nice "stable" of backs who can do it all. All good recievers, speedy, and able to tote the rock!!!
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    Moore is going to play special teams and should be an upgrade over Rossum

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    OK, probably a stupid question, but who the hell is Dookie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejsteeler View Post
    OK, probably a stupid question, but who the hell is Dookie?
    Dookie= Najeh Davenport, lol....now someone else will have to tell you how he got that nickname...
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    "Prior to entering the NFL, Davenport achieved a small measure of infamy after he allegedly defecated in the laundry basket of a Barry University woman in her dorm room on April 1, 2002. In a plea bargain, his felony charge of second-degree burglary and misdemeanor count of criminal mischief were dropped in exchange for his completing 100 hours of community service." From Wikipedia.

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