Parker will be goal line back
Steelers coach Bill Cowher revealed during a press conference Wednesday that running back Willie Parker will stay on the field in goal-line situations, at least to start the season. "If somebody starts to surface and becomes that guy, as the season goes on I wouldn't rule it out," Cowher told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "But I can't say right now there's been one person like there was with Jerome [bettis]. And I don't think that's a bad thing."
Neither Verron Haynes nor Duce Staley stepped up to claim the job, and lost in the shuffle is the fact that Parker first turned heads in Pittsburgh with his goal line abilities in his previous two training camps. Haynes will be the third-down back, so don't look for big receiving numbers from Parker. That said, if he adds even half of the 10 touchdowns Bettis typically scored from in close to his already solid stats, suddenly he's a borderline top-10 fantasy back.