Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 16 Days
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been impressed with Le'Veon Bell this offseason.
"Le'Veon has had a great offseason," Tomlin said. "He's really shown that he is excited about taking the next step, particularly from a conditioning standpoint." Bell had 71 percent of the Steelers' carries in his 13 starts last year and will be a lock for 300-plus touches if he can stay healthy. LeGarrette Blount isn't a threat to Bell's workhorse status.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month
ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown believes Le'Veon Bell could see "300-plus carries this season."
Bell handled 71% of Pittsburgh carries in the 13 games he played in 2013, averaging 20.5 carries a game over the final eight games of the season. The arrival of LaGarrette Blount means both those numbers are sure to fall, but Bell is a lock to surpass 300 touches if he can stay healthy. He is a low-end RB1.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month
The Steelers have "mixed and matched" Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in spring practices, "even splitting them out wide."
It could just be experimental OTA/minicamp stuff, but is worth passing along. The Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette hints Blount may play a bigger role than initially expected, suggesting he and Bell "could become the B&B backfield." Bell is a much better fit for the Steelers' no-huddle offense, with far superior versatility to Blount. Still, Pittsburgh's usage of Blount is a situation to monitor in training camp. We currently like Bell as a lower-end RB1.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 4 Months
The Steelers remain committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back despite the signing of LeGarrette Blount.
As expected, Blount received a meager two-year, $3.85 million contract -- obvious backup money. He'll be a battering ram kind of complement to Bell, a second-year back whose effectiveness projects to improve with new offensive line coach Mike Munchak installing a zone-blocking scheme. Bell is going to be a realistic threat for 300 touches.
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Coach Mike Tomlin indicated Sunday the Steelers are not pursuing running backs to siphon significant carries from Le'Veon Bell.
The Steelers have hosted Maurice Jones-Drew and LeGarrette Blount in free agency, but they would be pretty clear-cut backups in Pittsburgh. "We need to add quality depth to that position," Tomlin stated. "It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help (Bell) with growth and development. But I don't view it as a necessity, quite honestly."
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 6 Months2 Comments
ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown expects Le'Veon Bell to be "one of the biggest beneficiaries" of new OL coach Mike Munchak's addition to Pittsburgh's staff.
Brown expects Le'Veon to "thrive" in Pittsburgh's revised rushing attack, which will make zone blocking a "staple" on offense. The Steelers added zone concepts last offseason, but they'll be emphasized by Munchak. After breaking Franco Harris' Steelers rookie record for yards from scrimmage (1,259), Bell should be viewed as a rock-solid RB2 pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 7 Months
Le'Veon Bell rushed for 124 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries in Pittsburgh's 38-31, Week 16 win over the Packers.
Bell added one catch for five yards. In a game affected by snow and some mild winds, the Steelers leaned on Bell to carry them to victory. He rumbled for several lengthy gains, including a long 25-yarder in which he hurdled a defender. Bell's day wasn't blemish-free, however. He lost a fumble inside his own five-yard line, setting up an Eddie Lacy touchdown to give the Packers a 21-17 lead in the third quarter. Bell is a workhorse. The 7-8 Steelers are still alive for the playoffs. They'll host the Browns in the Week 17 finale.
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Le'Veon Bell rushed 24 times for 57 yards and one touchdown in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Bengals.
He added four catches for 50 yards. Bell was used in a full workhorse role, picking up yards after contact with a physical running-style. He showed good vision in short-yardage and red-zone situations, with his touchdown coming on a one-yard goal-line carry in the first quarter. Bell has at least 20 touches in seven straight games and is locked in as an every-week starter going forward. He'll be a borderline RB1 in matchup against the Packers' struggling run defense in Week 16.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 8 Months
Le'Veon Bell rushed 15 times for 61 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.
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Le'Veon Bell (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 14.
He's been fully cleared to start against Miami's soft run defense.