Bell The Feature Back In The Steelers Backfield In 2013?

Le'Veon Bell

Running back Le’Veon Bell wasn’t the first pick of the Steelers in the 2013 draft and he wasn’t even the first running back drafted in the league in 2013.

When it comes to potential impact, however, no one tops Bell according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

The second-round back out of Michigan State led the nation last year with 921 yards after contact and is the 2013 rookie back most likely to be a clear starter for their NFL team in 2013.

Bell runs a little upright at 6’1/244 and was often criticized for disappointing in the power department, but he is surprisingly elusive for a big back.

He is also underrated as a receiver. Pittsburgh needs Bell to be more than a starter. It needs him to be a finisher. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Pittsburgh ranked 25th in the NFL in fourth-quarter rushing yards. The nine teams that struggled the most running the ball in the fourth quarter all missed the playoffs. Four of the top five teams in fourth-quarter rushing last season made the playoffs.

Bell was college football’s ultimate workhorse last season. No one had more than Bell’s 382 carries, and only one other back had more than 356 carries. The biggest moment of his career came against Boise State last year, when he touched the ball 50 times for 265 total yards in a 17-13 comeback victory.

It would be a shock to see anyone else named the starter in the Pittsburgh backfield. If you are a fantasy football fan, plan accordingly.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

 

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3 Comments

  • Black&gold4life

    Hmmmz Led the Nation with 921 yards AFTER contact but criticized about his power?? That really is contradictory..Weak RBs don’t produce like that

  • He Bell will be ok but now hes in amongst the pros and it don’t get higher than that. He will have to work harder than ever. I will maintain the faith in him. He will need some time to display his potential worth.Also you would be silly to make comparisons to anyone else ,so early on in the piece. Regards John.Steeler fan.

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