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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 244
College: Michigan State
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Le'Veon Bell rushed 11 times for 59 yards in the Steelers' blowout Week 2 loss to the Ravens, adding five catches for an additional 48 yards.
Bell was the Steelers' best player on an otherwise dismal night, and continued to look like a different back than he was in 2013. Patient with his reads, Bell was shaking and baking once he reached the open field, and would have obviously had more yards had the Steelers been able to keep the game close. Instead, Pittsburgh had to spend the majority of the night throwing. Bell's highlight was a 21-yard run in the second quarter, where he used a spin move to escape the pile before breaking a few tackles. Now with 304 yards from scrimmage through the season's first two weeks, Bell isn't just an RB1, but an ascending RB1. Sep 11 - 11:35 PM

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Le'Veon Bell rushed 21 times for 109 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's Week 1 victory over the Browns, adding six catches for an additional 88 yards.

The 197 yards from scrimmage were a new career high for Bell, who looked leaner, meaner and quicker than he was as a rookie. Noticeably thinner, Bell made precise cuts, and didn't lose speed as he did so. He ran with vision and patience. It was an extremely encouraging performance from a bellcow who averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last season. Although LeGarrette Blount vultured a rushing touchdown, he was not a threat to Bell's workhorse status, touching the ball just four times. Fantasy owners who got Bell in the second or third round could be looking at a massive bargain. Bell will be in the RB1 conversation for Thursday night's showdown with the Ravens.
Sep 7 - 5:10 PM

When asked if he could see Le'Veon Bell getting 20-25 touches a game this season, coach Mike Tomlin said, "I think we drafted him with that in mind."

It's hard to take Tomlin too seriously here. Bell got 22.2 touches per game last year, but was inefficient (3.52 YPC) and the Steelers since added both LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. There's no doubt that Bell is the starter and main man, but Blount will mix in and there will be packages for Archer to get the ball in space. We're more like thinking 16-18 touches per game for Bell.
Sep 3 - 7:52 AM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will both play Week 1 against the Browns.

There was never any doubt. Fantasy owners can pen Bell into lineups without hesitation. Tomlin is paid to win football games, not hand out team-imposed suspensions. Bell will carry the load. Tomlin suggested he could even see upwards of 25 carries. Blount will mix in on early downs and short-yardage situations. Neither player is likely to face league discipline until the 2015 season.
Sep 2 - 12:30 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirms the Steelers are not going to impose any suspensions on Le'Veon Bell or LeGarrette Blount.

Beat man Ed Bouchette has heard from fantasy players worried that Bell and/or Blount would be suspended by coach Mike Tomlin for Week 1. It's not going to happen because 1)The Steelers want to beat the Browns and 2)Team-imposed suspensions violate the league's collective bargaining agreement. Furthermore, any discipline from the NFL won't be handed down until after the case plays out in court -- something that can be held off until after the season. "If you have not yet held your fantasy football draft and want to take Le'Veon Bell, you can do so without fear it will cost you or him a game," writes Bouchette.
Aug 27 - 8:58 AM

Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will "absolutely" play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.

It's part of their "punishment" for last week's arrest. Punishing football players by making them play football. Imagine that? We'd be shocked if Bell and Blount played more than a series or two. Despite the Steelers' desire to "punish" their top two backs, they do not want to risk their health for Week 1.
Aug 26 - 7:45 PM

Le'Veon Bell started Thursday's preseason game, rushing nine times for 23 yards while catching one pass for three yards.

Bell got the start one day after being popped for DUI and marijuana possession, running the ball on three of the Steelers' first four plays. Bell also drew two targets on the opening drive, one of which was nullified by a penalty. LeGarrette Blount didn't show up until Pittsburgh's second drive, but both played into the fourth quarter. That appeared to be their "punishment." Each received 10 targets, though Blount out-gained Bell 46-26. Neither found the end zone, but there weren't any goal-line carries on a night where Pittsburgh got throttled. Despite his issues with Blount and the law, Bell is still the Steelers' clear No. 1, and worthy of a second- or third-round fantasy pick.
Aug 21 - 10:55 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers plan to let the league "handle any disciplinary measures" following Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount's Wednesday arrest.

In other words, they won't be suspended any time soon. The NFL's wheels of justice move slowly. As previously reported, both players are suiting up for Thursday's preseason game. Coach Mike Tomlin believed it would be a "reward" to suspend players for an exhibition game. What a ringing endorsement for the preseason.
Aug 21 - 3:17 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount "probably face no more than a one-game suspension and that won't come anytime soon."

There's plenty of precedent here that will allow Bell and Blount to suit up for the entire season. In cases like this pending marijuana possession charge, the NFL waits for the legal process to play out before handing down discipline under the personal conduct policy. Lawyers won't have a problem delaying any proceedings. Note that Dwayne Bowe was caught with marijuana in a car last November, and didn't get hit with his one-game ban until last week.
Aug 21 - 10:42 AM

Le'Veon Bell paid his own way to Philadelphia and has joined his teammates for Thursday night's preseason game.

LeGarrette Blount did not have to go to the hospital to get his blood drawn on suspicion of DUI, so he did get to the team charter on time Wednesday following the afternoon incident. It's unclear if either running back will be suiting up against the Eagles. Regardless, we're not expecting this case to be adjudicated in time to affect their playing status for this season. Dwayne Bowe was caught in a similar spot with marijuana in November, and his one-game ban wasn't handed down until last week.
Aug 21 - 10:02 AM

Following Wednesday's marijuana and DUI arrest, Le'Veon Bell did not travel with the Steelers for Thursday night's third preseason game at Philadelphia.

LeGarrette Blount did make the trip after being arrested as well. There could be some significance to this, but we're not adjusting our rankings yet, and may not at any point. The NFL tends to take a long time to hand down discipline, and Bell has no history of violating league policy. He was considered a high-character prospect coming out of Michigan State in the 2013 draft. It's entirely possible Bell will be available for the entire 2014 season with no adjustment to his role.
Aug 20 - 11:41 PM

Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, while Bell was also booked for DUI.

Bell and Blount allegedly had 20 grams of pot and were accompanied by a female, who was in possession of two grams. All three were said to be "cooperative," and admitted to the crimes. While this obviously isn't good news, it may have no effect on Bell or Blount's status for the 2014 season. Bell had zero off-field concerns coming out of Michigan State. Blount has a shaky track record. Both will be in line for potential suspensions once the case is resolved.
Aug 20 - 7:33 PM

Le'Veon Bell played on 9-of-17 first-team snaps in Saturday night's preseason game against the Bills.

Bell started and played on the first eight snaps before giving way to LeGarrette Blount for eight consecutive snaps. The duo mixed and matched more in the preseason opener, but that first-team snap count ended 7-6 in Blount's favor. For a second-round fantasy pick, Bell brings plenty of questions about both talent (3.52 YPC last year) and workload. He's admitted that Blount will "probably" get the goal-line work this season.
Aug 17 - 9:38 PM

The Steelers announced Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount as co-starters for Saturday night's preseason game.

Bell played the first series and rotated with Blount throughout the first half, though neither played enough snaps to draw any conclusions about their usage. Blount was used in red-zone packages, and appears to be the preferred option in short-yardage situations. Bell remains the favorite to lead Pittsburgh in carries, but isn't going to handle the massive workload the Steelers gave him as a rookie. Bell has 35 total yards on eight touches though two preseason games.
Aug 16 - 11:08 PM

Speaking Thursday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are "both going to get their share" of carries this season.

It's an eye-opening comment, especially after Blount split first-team work with Bell in last weekend's preseason opener. While we're not afraid that Blount will supplant Bell as the Steelers' No. 1 back, perhaps Blount could find himself in the 10-12 carry range on a weekly basis instead of the 6-8 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette projected in June. It's not a situation for Bell owners to take lightly. Blount is most likely to steal work near the goal-line despite the fact there's no real reason to believe he's a better short-yardage back than Bell.
Aug 14 - 7:31 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3Dri Archer
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
FB1Will Johnson
WR11Antonio Brown
2Lance Moore
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Justin Brown
3Martavis Bryant
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Michael Palmer
K1Shaun Suisham