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Rookie Bell getting plenty of reps for Steelers

Le'Veon Bell, Troy Polamalu AP

As it pertains to the Steelers running back position, what you see may not be what you get.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, rookie Le’Veon Bell got the majority of the work with the starting in team drills Monday, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin cautioned not to read too much into it.

But I’m sure you guys will run with it, so go ahead,” Tomlin said.

Bell got more work than any other back in pass protection drills, and took four of the five reps in an 11-on-11 drill during the first fully padded practice of camp.

The Steelers have incumbent backs Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, but the second-rounder isn’t taking anything for granted.

“He just wanted me to compete,” Bell said. “I’m a rookie, a running back, I have to pass-protect. That’s something he wants me to see so he put me against some of his better players.”

It’s smart to push Bell forward, to see if he can be something greater than what they have on hand. The Steelers want to run more this year, and he might be their best chance to be something other than ordinary there.

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  1. getyourownname says: Jul 30, 2013 12:01 PM

    Unless your name is “Adrian Peterson”, you still need an Oline to be something other than ordinary.

  2. zurnvs says: Jul 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    Not a fan of Pittsburgh, but the hardest thing for a rookie rb is pass protection. If he can get that down, they have nothing special at this position.

  3. Tyler says: Jul 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    The Steelers used a first round pick on Mendenhall and he didn’t exactly pan out.

    They have to give Bell a shot. Otherwise, it seems like a poor use of a second round pick. Redman and Dwyer don’t seem like every-down backs.

  4. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    Given that the Ravens have dramatically improved their ability to stuff the run, it makes perfect sense that the Steelers’ would concentrate on their running game. You see, there is a reason that some teams are world champions and others go 8-8.

  5. steelbloggin says: Jul 30, 2013 12:23 PM

    They will still need the other RB’s to step up their game as well. Running Back By Committee for the first half of the season is my prefiction

  6. steelbloggin says: Jul 30, 2013 12:23 PM

    Typo “prediction”

  7. originalsteelcurtain says: Jul 30, 2013 12:33 PM

    4 very young O-linemen are a year older, and a new zone-blocking scheme is finally in place. Barring a(nother) rash of injuries, the O-Line and running game will be better than the past 2 years. Time will tell HOW much better, but the pieces are in place for a Steeler ground game resurgance.

    I’m targeting Bell in the 4th rd of my fantasy draft.

  8. h3min1230 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:35 PM

    I wish a broken neck on this man.

  9. jtbsteeler says: Jul 30, 2013 12:47 PM

    h3min1230

    You’re on the FBI watch list. I know it…

  10. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    joemontanaflacco gooo awayyyyyyyy

  11. z06vision says: Jul 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    “there is a reason that some teams are world champions and others go 8-8.”…..
    This is why we have the most superbowl victorys and the rest want to be us, especially the ravenotor, alias joemontanaflacco. Go Steelers!

  12. scoobies05 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:29 PM

    wow..a broken neck. not a steeler fan either but thats just wrong. why would anyone want another person to be injured

  13. sandersmarcus10 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    Steelers should have an all black uniform

  14. crownofthenofool says: Jul 30, 2013 1:46 PM

    Steeley McBeam says: Jul 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    joemontanaflacco gooo awayyyyyyyy
    ~~~~~~
    I bet he does when the Steeler trolls stay away from his team.

  15. youcallthatreporting says: Jul 30, 2013 1:53 PM

    If used as a single back rookies tend to run into the “rookie wall” about 2/3 of the way through the season because they are not used to the longer, tougher schedule. T-Rich in Cleveland suffered from it last year. Best move would be committee early on then let him take over more touches later in the season assuming he’s better than Dwyer or Redman which shouldn’t be hard to do.

  16. ziggy26 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    I’m not sure why someone would say that Mendenhall didn’t work out for the Steelers. The guy averaged 1,300 total yards and 10 touchdowns from 2009-2011. He was a late first-round pick, so his 5-year, $12.5 million contract was very affordable.

    I think he’ll be pretty productive for the Cardinals this year.

    He has some bizarre personal opinions, but really, who cares about a football player’s personal opinions?

  17. oshp1205 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:26 PM

    As soon as the Steelers started drafting a significant number of big ten guys, I knew this team would start to decline.

    2013 Le’veon Bell round 2 Michigan State
    2012 Mike Adams round 2 Ohio State
    2011 Cameron Heyward round 1 Ohio State
    2011 Keith Williams round 6 Nebraska
    2010 Thaddeus Gibson round 4 Ohio State
    2010 Doug Washington round 7 Ohio State
    2009 Kraig Urbik round 3 Wisconsin
    2009 AQ Shipley round 7 Penn State
    2008 Rashard Mendenhall round 1 Illinois
    2008 Mike Humpal round 6 Iowa

  18. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    crownofthenofool says:Jul 30, 2013 1:46 PM

    Steeley McBeam says: Jul 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    joemontanaflacco gooo awayyyyyyyy
    ~~~~~~
    I bet he does when the Steeler trolls stay away from his team.

    ———–

    Sorry, not buying that. This guy has been first to post on every Steelers thread since the offseason started. I know for a fact there isnt a single Steelers commentor who feels the need to do that. Take the guy who said he hopes Le’Veon breaks his neck with you…

  19. jwil007 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:34 PM

    Smackin them week 2 on Monday night! They could roll out their with Bettis still taken an L! And come back with something other than weak sauce 6 ring comments….LOL!

  20. jwil007 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    *There… :)

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 30, 2013 3:16 PM

    “This guy has been first to post on every Steelers thread since the offseason started.”

    Hey Steeley! Check this out!

    25 Responses to “Ravens host Chris Canty visit, sign James Ihedigbo”
    Steeley McBeam says:
    Mar 12, 2013 1:20 PM
    I’ve never seen a team fall apart so fast.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  22. minnesoulja says: Jul 30, 2013 3:28 PM

    Vikings fan here just saying that….

    6 rings is not weak sauce.

    A fan falling back on SB rings to strengthen or weaken a training camp battle of wits on a message board is. (I hear a lot of Packers fans dusting off trophies as I write this)

    SKOL!

  23. jmblosser82 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:28 PM

    Raven fans we lost as many SB as you been to, u need 5 more rings before the steelers get anymore to be the best SB era team, 12 before the packers get another to be the best nfl team. Congrats on your 2 rings, that puts you ahead if like 10 teams.

  24. rockinrodie says: Jul 30, 2013 3:33 PM

    oshp1205, splendid post. besides mental midget mendenhall, and possibly adams, those other b10 guys were bums. and why tomlin and Colbert didn’t see that, and continued drafting these players is anybody’s guess. and 1st rd picks like Hayward and hood, unless they’re playing behind LC and MJ greene, don’t need 5 seasons to break the starting lineup. more poor draft selections. so they need bell to start right away. as long as he doesn’t dance around like idiot mendenhall, and fumble too much, he should be there week 1.

  25. scoobies05 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:54 PM

    thanks for the well wishes jm. go ravens!

  26. steelersjay says: Jul 30, 2013 4:10 PM

    jwil007 says:
    Jul 30, 2013 2:34 PM
    Smackin them week 2 on Monday night! They could roll out their with Bettis still taken an L! And come back with something other than weak sauce 6 ring comments….LOL!

    ————————————————
    I can only assume your a Bangel fan since your referring to that game.
    So… their going to beat the Steelers just like they beat a very injured team Steelers team last year at Paul brown stadium? 24-17 on Sunday night ring a bell jwil?
    Haha, a bangels fan talking about weak sauce and superbowls. The only thing the Bangels know HOW to do is lose them.

  27. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 30, 2013 3:16 PM

    “This guy has been first to post on every Steelers thread since the offseason started.”

    Hey Steeley! Check this out!

    25 Responses to “Ravens host Chris Canty visit, sign James Ihedigbo”
    Steeley McBeam says:
    Mar 12, 2013 1:20 PM
    I’ve never seen a team fall apart so fast.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    ————————-

    You had to go back to March 12 to find some material? I could go back to the Steelers thread about Dwyer from EARLIER THIS MORNING to find your latest show of stupidity. Nice try thou.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  28. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 30, 2013 4:48 PM

    I like Bell’s potential, but in looking at that picture, no doubt TP smashed him about 3 rows into the cheap seats.

    Can’t wait for Troy to have another perfectly-timed blitz and drive Flacco’s oversized ego-head into the turf. Hope he gets up for the next play, of course, but it’ll be sweet to watch nonetheless.

  29. scoobies05 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:16 PM

    wow crown….you are assuming troy wil be able to play? lets hope they actually call offsides this time

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 30, 2013 5:27 PM

    Jul 30, 2013 5:16 PM
    wow crown….you are assuming troy wil be able to play? lets hope they actually call offsides this time

    0 1 Wow scoobie s imagine if the 4th+29 spot was accurate….you can’t go there the refs were very good to you last year….ssshhh

  31. rockinrodie says: Jul 30, 2013 5:27 PM

    Partyboy, we all hope TP is able to find it again. in actuality, if he makes this 2013 team it will probably be his last in pit. 1st ballot HOF? no freaking doubt….if sapp is 1, TP certainly is.

  32. cfeeley52 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:12 PM

    @nofool
    Let’s assume the 4th & 29 spot was accurate (I’ll admit we probably got a foot or two) and we lose that game. We would’ve played our starters week 17 in Cincinnati, won that game, then had the same seed in the playoffs. You can argue that’s not a guaranteed win, but considering they barely beat our starters I’d put our odds over 90% for a W. My point is everyone likes to say 4th & 29 saved our season, but odds are we would’ve ended up with the same playoff seed regardless. Now what’s your next excuse for discrediting our 2012 season?

  33. cfeeley52 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    barely beat our second string*

  34. jmblosser82 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:24 PM

    Save the 2012 raven season, Jacobs jones, if not for that punt return against Pitt, no playoffs for the ravens. You can’t say that the starters would’ve win the final game when they finished the season 1-4 after starting 9-2. Ravens won’t he SB, congrats, new season starts in 5 weeks? That’s when all arguments will be decided.
    You can count on a few things tho, steelers with a top 5 defense, the bungles to find a way to blow it, and Flacco to struggle and everyone find someone else to take the blame. I think 11 wins for Cincy, 10 for Pitt, 9 for Baltimore(should be good for the 6th seed judging by last year), 6 wins for Cleveland.

  35. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 30, 2013 6:27 PM

    “You had to go back to March 12 to find some material? I could go back to the Steelers thread about Dwyer from EARLIER THIS MORNING to find your latest show of stupidity. Nice try thou.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

    Ok, then please post Steeley McBeam’s Rules Of Conduct. Not the original version but the amended, March 13, 2013, Revised edition.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 30, 2013 6:38 PM

    @nofool
    Let’s assume the 4th & 29 spot was accurate (I’ll admit we probably got a foot or two) and we lose that game. We would’ve played our starters week 17 in Cincinnati, won that game, then had the same seed in the playoffs. You can argue that’s not a guaranteed win, but considering they barely beat our starters I’d put our odds over 90% for a W. My point is everyone likes to say 4th & 29 saved our season, but odds are we would’ve ended up with the same playoff seed regardless. Now what’s your next excuse for discrediting our 2012 season?

    For an absolutely unbiased raven homer your concession of a foot or two tells it all. However I am not discrediting the ravens making the most of the luck given them as all SB winning teams have such a moment. To deny the element of luck, karma, or a roll of the dice would reveal your goal lak of understanding of what it takes to win a SB. You will disagree revealing your homer logic.

  37. steel2372 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:13 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    Given that the Ravens have dramatically improved their ability to stuff the run, it makes perfect sense that the Steelers’ would concentrate on their running game. You see, there is a reason that some teams are world champions and others go 8-8.
    ………………………………………………………………………..
    Let me get this straight. The Ravens were ranking 11th in the league against the run last year WITH Ray Lewis and ED Reed and a ton of other defensive starters now gone. and enter this season with revamped offense and have not played a game yet and YOU are already saying they have dramatically improved their ability to stuff the run? Really? Lets pad up and play a few games before you make a statement like that. Let the play on the field do the talking. Go Steelers

  38. antibenapalooza says: Jul 30, 2013 8:23 PM

    sandersmarcus10 ,

    I can agree with you to a point. All black uniforms until Rottenberger is finally off of the team, then back to glorious black and gold.

  39. steelcurtainn says: Jul 30, 2013 10:36 PM

    Can’t wait to see the steelers run all over the ravens. Not that they need too when both Leftwich and Batch passed for more yards then Fluko in last years games…… Imagine what Big Ben will do, he’s owned Fluko over the years.

  40. youcallthatreporting says: Jul 30, 2013 11:09 PM

    “Let me get this straight. The Ravens were ranking 11th in the league against the run last year WITH Ray Lewis and ED Reed and a ton of other defensive starters now gone. and enter this season with revamped offense and have not played a game yet and YOU are already saying they have dramatically improved their ability to stuff the run? Really? Lets pad up and play a few games before you make a statement like that. Let the play on the field do the talking. Go Steelers”
    ~~~~~
    I thought Lewis and Reed were too old but now they were critical to the run defense? Lewis was on the field as a general not a player. Yes a game has to be played but no one can argue that a healthy Suggs, adding Dumervil, Canty and Spears and moving Ngata back to his natural position isn’t a step to better stopping the run. They better have made improvements because they were not good at it last year and put games in the hands of the offense!

  41. scoobies05 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:13 PM

    he started it

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2013 8:08 AM

    Ok, then please post Steeley McBeam’s Rules Of Conduct. Not the original version but the amended, March 13, 2013, Revised edition.

    Rules of conduct ? Don’t make me laugh when you can’t respect your elders. You make your rules to suit your end goal. You are a user and abuser. But you are the lead raven troll….

  43. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 31, 2013 9:37 AM

    Bell is going to look like one of those scientists in Jurrassic Park, caught in the giant jaws of the T.Rex that is the Ravens’ revamped run stuffing Defense.

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 31, 2013 10:32 AM

    Bell, Redman and Dwyer are going to have some tough choices this year – should they run over Arthur Brown or juke by him. I say easier to run by him as he’s probably on that special Ravens diet already.

  45. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Jul 30, 2013 10:36 PM
    Can’t wait to see the steelers run all over the ravens. Not that they need too when both Leftwich and Batch passed for more yards then Fluko in last years games…… Imagine what Big Ben will do, he’s owned Fluko over the years.

    Which years would those be? He didn’t play the Ravens in 2012. In 2011, Flacco destroyed the Steelers twice. Are you going back before that? Maybe to the playoff where Roethlisbooger tossed that desperation hail mary only to go on and blow SB XLV?

  46. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 31, 2013 10:50 AM

    “Bell, Redman and Dwyer are going to have some tough choices this year – should they run”

    for their lives? Yes.

  47. stoogy says: Jul 31, 2013 11:45 AM

    How do steeler fans change a light bulb?
    They don’t they just talk about how good the old one was.

  48. steelcurtainn says: Jul 31, 2013 12:01 PM

    Lets see them years would be every year(2008-2010) Big Ben has played Flacco with the exception of one bad year in 2011. 6-2 baby…. Cmon, if your a real raven fan you should know that.

  49. cfeeley52 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:57 PM

    @jmblosser:
    I can say they would’ve won that game because after switching our OC to Jim Caldwell the ravens went undefeated the rest of the season with the exception of playing our second string in cinci. I think people underestimate the effect firing cam cameron had and will have on this team.
    Also agree i’m tired of arguing about last year, can’t wait for september, good luck its gonna be a fun season…

  50. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 31, 2013 12:57 PM

    “Lets see them years would be every year(2008-2010) Big Ben has played Flacco with the exception of one bad year in 2011. 6-2 baby…. Cmon, if your a real raven fan you should know that.”

    You don’t need to be a real Ravens fan to know that Flacco “won” the last two games in which Roethlisbooger played. You don’t need to be a fan to know that Flacco outperformed R-Booger in the one regular season game they both played in 2010. You don’t need to be a fan to know that, since R-Booger started with the Steelers, a Ravens QB has led the team to victory as many times as he has not. Since R-Booger brought your team into ridicule, he has ultimately floundered, going from bad to worse. At the same time, Flacco has….oh, you know the rest of the story. It ends with lot of confetti.

  51. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2013 12:59 PM

    Another day in paradise and some things haven’t changed. This thread is still attracting the attention of the president of the raven trolling club. We even have a troller telling the same lame jokes that are older than the wax in his ears…..right stoogy. You need some new material, but glad to see your envy still burns bright. We know the raven troll lives to hate so all is well.

  52. cfeeley52 says: Jul 31, 2013 1:12 PM

    @nofool
    can’t decide if you’re trying to give me a backhanded compliment by calling me an “unbiased homer” are you agreeing my comments are fair and impartial? (i’d like to think they are) or did you mean to call me a “biased homer”
    Either way i appreciate you giving us credit for making the best of our luck. I actually agree with you that every team needs a combination of luck and skill to win a SB. This is why i get annoyed when people constantly say “if it weren’t for 4th & 29″ or “if it weren’t for that bomb to jones in denver” because if it weren’t for the helmet catch the giants would’ve lost to the patriots, or if it weren’t for the santonio toe tap the steelers would’ve lost to arizona. But those plays did happen and those teams did win, which is why it bugs me that people write off the 2012 season as sheer luck when luck has played a role in nearly every super bowl winning season.
    That’s all i have to say about 2012, September can’t come fast enough, good luck to you guys…

  53. steelcurtainn says: Jul 31, 2013 1:22 PM

    Ah Yes, the old confetti, the steelers know all about confetti and superbowl wins. Big Ben has felt it once more then Fluko and he has a better head to head record. Really enough said! Sweet!

  54. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2013 2:24 PM

    @nofool
    can’t decide if you’re trying to give me a backhanded compliment by calling me an “unbiased homer” are you agreeing my comments are fair and impartial? (i’d like to think they are) or did you mean to call me a “biased homer”
    Either way i appreciate you giving us credit for making the best of our luck. I actually agree with you that every team needs a combination of luck and skill to win a SB. This is why i get annoyed when people constantly say “if it weren’t for 4th & 29″ or “if it weren’t for that bomb to jones in denver” because if it weren’t for the helmet catch the giants would’ve lost to the patriots, or if it weren’t for the santonio toe tap the steelers would’ve lost to arizona. But those plays did happen and those teams did win, which is why it bugs me that people write off the 2012 season as sheer luck when luck has played a role in nearly every super bowl winning season.
    That’s all i have to say about 2012, September can’t come fast enough, good luck to you guys…

    No one should say the ravens didn’t earn the SB as they did. However the fans posting here have real jerks since winning the SB. Some have been banned only to return under an alias turning this site into a high school trash talking site. Others have become very smug and snarky , but hey they are just raven fans so not much is expected yet it becomes boring and ruins a good site.

  55. southcarolinamike says: Jul 31, 2013 3:29 PM

    If the Steelers start a rookie RB this year, it shows how poorly they have evaluated RB talent pre-draft in recent years.

  56. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2013 3:39 PM

    If the Steelers start a rookie RB this year, it shows how poorly they have evaluated RB talent pre-draft in recent years.

    0 0
    Report comment. You are right the steelers have failed by not following a simple rule….you have to have luck. Not the smartest post but hey your from South Carolina which explains your thought process.

  57. ziggy26 says: Aug 1, 2013 6:03 AM

    So one out of every 10 comments on this thread actually mentions Bell and/or the Steelers running game. Everything else is a bunch of trolling/moronic insults from AFC North fan bases. Thanks for the great discussion guys!

    Bell is a good fit for this offense. His lack of top-end speed might limit his potential, but we will see. If the beginning of camp is any indication, he’s going to get a majority if the carries this year.

  58. steel2372 says: Aug 2, 2013 9:06 AM

    Rumor is Bell has looked great in practice! I think its going to be a good year to implement some zone blocking schemes and keep some power blocking! Sounds like a plan is coming together.

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