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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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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been impressed with second-year RB 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 accounted for 71 percent of the Steelers' carries in his 13 starts last year and projects for 300-plus touches if he stays healthy. LeGarrette Blount isn't a threat to Bell’s workhorse status. Jul 12 - 3:58 PM
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ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown believes Le'Veon Bell could see "300-plus carries this season."

Bell handled 71% of Pittsburgh's carries in his 13 games last year, averaging 20.5 rushing attempts over the final eight weeks. The arrival of LeGarrette Blount means both those numbers are sure to fall, but Bell is still a lock to surpass 300 touches if he can stay healthy. He is a low-end RB1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 12:44 PM

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.
Jun 19 - 9:41 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 8:36 AM

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."
Mar 23 - 5:18 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 7:49 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 20 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's Week 17 win over the Browns.

He added one catch for six yards. Bell rolled off the pile for a second effort on his six-yard touchdown, putting an exclamation point on his score and season. Although Bell's rookie yards per carry of 3.5 leaves much to be desired, he was much better than his YPC would indicate. Capable of handling monster workloads, Bell displayed patience and soft hands. His 45 catches would have been much farther up the running-back leader board had he not missed three games. The No. 1 back Pittsburgh has been searching for since Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL, Bell will be a high-end RB2 in 2014, and borderline RB1 in PPR leagues.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:14:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 07:57:00 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 12:19:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 15 times for 61 yards and caught five passes for 19 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Coming off a concussion, Bell showed no ill-effects. His trademark patience was on display as he picked his way through holes and was a factor in the screen game once again. In terms of volume, there are only a handful of safer running back plays in the entire league. Bell has at least 20 touches in six straight games and will be a fine RB2 against the Bengals in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 06:54:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell (concussion) is active and starting Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Bell suffered from memory loss after taking a big hit late in the Thanksgiving game, but he gained full clearance and will handle a full workload. That means another 18-24 touches against a Dolphins run defense that is giving up 4.52 YPC to opposing tailbacks over the last six weeks. The Steelers will also have NT Steve McLendon (ankle), but won't have LT Kelvin Beachum (knee). Mike Adams will start on Big Ben's blind side. The rest of the Steelers' inactives: DE Brett Keisel, WR Derek Moye, QB Landry Jones, C David Snow, CB Isaiah Green and LB Kion Wilson.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 11:36:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 14.

He's been fully cleared to start against Miami's soft run defense.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 02:07:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell (concussion) remained "full" in Thursday's practice, and says he's "fine" for Week 14.

Barring a setback, Bell is locked and loaded for Week 14. He'll be squaring off with a Dolphins defense allowing the seventh most fantasy points to running backs. Locked into an every-down role and leading all running backs in receiving over the past five weeks, Bell is in the RB1 conversation for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell (concussion) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

Phenomenal news. Six days after getting knocked out cold and admitting he didn't remember the play, Bell is back on the field. This puts him right on track to start Sunday against the Dolphins. However, we'll still need to monitor Bell throughout the week to make sure he doesn't suffer any setbacks. For now, pencil Bell into fantasy lineups as a mid-to-high end RB2 against Miami.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Speaking Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell (concussion) "looks good."

Tomlin acknowledged that Bell still has some tests to pass, but his comments suggest that the rookie is on track to get cleared ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins. We'll now just have to watch for setbacks through the week of practice. It's something of a surprise after Bell suffered memory loss following a scary helmet-to-helmet collision with Ravens CB Jimmy Smith on Thanksgiving. Desperate owners in need of an emergency handcuff can add Jonathan Dwyer.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:33:00 PM