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Houston, you had a problem.
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No, not the Texans. The former undrafted Patriots rookie running back, Stephen Houston, has signed on with the Pittsburgh Steelers, via ProFootballTalk.

Blount 2.0 has joined Blount 1.0 in the Steel City. Houston will be joining a backfield comprised of second year player Le'Veon Bell, former Patriot LeGarrette Blount, and rookie speedster Dri Archer.

After a lackluster showing in the Patriots first preseason game against the Washington Redskins that consisted of just three carries for seven yards, and a fumble, the Patriots promptly released Houston the following weekend. With the strong showing from James White so far in camp, and the flashiness of fellow undrafted rookie RB Roy Finch, Houston was near the end of the depth chart fighting with Jonas Gray.

Why was it Houston and not Jonas Gray who rushed nine times for twelve yards who got cut then?

"We’re looking for guys that are improving," Bill Belichick explained. "And kind of when they stop making improvement then sometimes you feel like you’ve got to move on."

So in the coaches' eyes, the trio of TE Justin Jones, TE Asa Watson, and Houston were not progressing in camp and instead of hanging onto players who weren't improving they cut ties and moved on.

Will Houston make the Steelers roster? Unlikely. He is an extreme long shot at this point due to the Steelers having three guaranteed locks at RB who each have their own specialization out of the backfield. So unless Houston can show the Steelers something he didn't show the Patriots, he will likely be a camp body, or practice squad player at best.

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Adam Bogdan 8/13/2014 03:27:00 PM Edit
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