Baron Batch, the Steelers seventh-round pick this season, has been one of the stars of training camp and, from the time he was drafted, a player that we’ve been pulling for to make the team. His story is fascinating, and he seems to be a talented young player with some potential that also seems to be a genuinely good person off the field.
He even gave us a chance to interview him shortly after the draft.
On Wednesday his season came to a close before it even had a chance to start when he tore his ACL in practice. And that’s disappointing. He’s already posted about it over on his personal blog.
I was anxious to see him play on Friday, simply because the reports on him at practice seemed to get better every day. He wasn’t likely to play a huge role this season (then again, Antonio Brown wasn’t supposed to play much of a role last season, either) but it still would have been nice to see him get a shot at earning some snaps in the third-down role.
This certainly opens the door last year’s sixth-round pick, Jonathan Dwyer, to make the roster, and could also give undrafted free agent John Clay a longer look in camp, and that’s assuming the Steelers don’t bring in another running back off the waiver wire or in free agency.