Anthony McFarland
Anthony McFarland
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
IR
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 10/3/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A fourth-round pick in 2020, McFarland never got going as a rookie despite running for 42 yards on only six carries in his Week 3 debut. In fact, it took him eight more weeks to equal that yardage total on the ground. The Maryland product offers top-tier speed in the open field, but the rest of his skills seemed a bit lacking and two drops on only nine targets highlight how far he has to go to become even a passing-down complement to new lead back Najee Harris. Depending on how much progress he makes in turning himself into a more well-rounded player, McFarland could emerge as the No. 2 back for the Steelers and see a consistent role in the offense, but the fact that he wasn't used at all on special teams last year suggests his hold on a roster spot could be tenuous if he isn't an offensive contributor. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.02 million contract with the Steelers in July of 2020.
Lands on IR
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Undisclosed
September 1, 2021
The Steelers placed McFarland (undisclosed) on injured reserve Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
McFarland made the initial 53-man roster, but he can now be ruled out for the first three games of the season. The Steelers are left with Benny Snell and Kalen Ballage as depth options behind potential three-down workhorse Najee Harris. It's possible McFarland handles the No. 2 backfield role once he recovers from his unspecified injury, according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
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Overall QB Rating Against
87.7
 
Cornerbacks
63.5
 
Safeties
100.0
 
Linebackers
78.6
 
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Height
5' 8"
 
Weight
193 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.44 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
 
Broad Jump
116 in
 
Bench Press
0 reps
 
Hand Length
8.88 in
 
Arm Length
30.38 in
 
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153 days ago
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
While the collapse of the Steelers offense last year was largely due to Ben Roethlisberger's injury, the lack of spark provided by the backfield committee of James Conner, Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels was hard to ignore. Enter McFarland, a fourth-round pick out of Maryland who ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine. McFarland's acceleration and agility make him dangerous in the open field, and while he may lack the power and vision to make an impact between the tackles, Pittsburgh already has plenty of options on the roster to handle those duties, and he'll be running behind an offensive line that won't make him work too hard to find holes. He also needs to sharpen his blocking and receiving skills if he wants to emerge as a consistent third-down weapon. McFarland might not be ready to handle a large touch volume, but he offers the Steelers big-play upside that even a healthy Conner can't match.
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Could win No. 2 role
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Undisclosed
September 1, 2021
McFarland (undisclosed) is a candidate to win the top backup gig behind No. 1 running back Najee Harris, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
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Doesn't travel with team
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Undisclosed
August 28, 2021
McFarland didn't travel with the team for Friday's preseason game against the Panthers due to an unspecified injury, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Tops 40 total yards in win
RBPittsburgh Steelers
August 13, 2021
McFarland logged nine carries for 34 yards and a touchdown and hauled in his lone target for seven yards in Thursday's 24-16 preseason win over the Eagles.
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Records four touches
RBPittsburgh Steelers
August 6, 2021
McFarland rushed three times for nine yards and hauled in his lone target for six yards in the Steelers' 16-3 preseason win over the Cowboys in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game.
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Should serve in secondary role
RBPittsburgh Steelers
April 30, 2021
McFarland should serve in a backup role this season after the Steelers selected Najee Harris with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
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