Le’Veon Bell heads to top of depth chart

AP

Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell hasn’t taken a snap for the Steelers in a game.  When he does for the first time, it could be as the starter.

Via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, the Steelers have moved the second-round draft pick from No. 3 on the depth chart to No. 1, where he currently shares the job with Isaac Redman.

“The guys who are calling the shots are confident in me,” Bell told reporters when advised of the development, per Hensley.  “It’s good motivation.  I’m going to keep striving to be the best I can be.  I’m going to continue to compete.”

Bell didn’t play in the preseason opener as an apparent precaution.  He said he’ll play in the second preseason game, against the Redskins.

40 responses to “Le’Veon Bell heads to top of depth chart

  1. All indications are (from the talking heads on the radio) that he earned this a while ago…dont expect him to relinquish that spot save for injury.

  2. He jumps from No. 3 to No. 1 without playing… If he skips the entire pre- and regular seasons, Bell might end up being the Steelers’ offensive MVP.

  3. Excellent move. Him and Dwyer will be an effective combo behind our newly-dominant OLine.

    I heard what put Bell over the top was a new, innovative RB drill. They had em run through a big wall of marshmellows, to best replicate the other AFCN d-lines. Ravens tried the same drill, but all the players got stuck trying to eat their way through it.

  4. Welcome to meeting the champions of the NFL. Luckily for you ray can’t break you scapula, but Suggs, dumervil.,smith,and upshaw along with a wicked DL will happily introduce you to below a 3yds/ carry average

  5. Yeah, he’s a beast. 2nd rnd draft pick that was held out of his 1rst preaseason game with a bruised knee. Let’s put him in canton, it’s what steeler fans do.

  6. As a student at MSU the past 3 years I can tell you this guy is a beast. He’s a work horse and everything you want and need in an NFL back. Cant wait to see what he does

  7. Dude doesn’t have the speed to be an Adrian Peterson but, he definitely has the agility, and the power to be another Beast Mode Lynch. He will definitely be a productive part of the Steelers offense this year especially with the new zone blocking scheme. Also, he’s improving drastically in his pass protection.

  8. Like I’ve been saying Giovanni who? Bell was always the best back in that draft. He can do everything. block run and catch. Sparty on!

  9. I’m hoping this kid can give a reliable option from the backfield. The Steelers haven’t had a running back that you could count on to pick up the tough yards since Bettis. With Haley’s offense you need play action to be able to get the ball deep and Mendenhall/Dwyer/Redman/Batch wasn’t pulling safeties up to play the run.

    The things I’ll be most interested in seeing are how well does he block and can he hold onto the ball.

  10. The guy goes from #3 on the depth chart to sharing #1 with Isaac Redman and hasn’t taken a snap in a live game yet? Even Preseason? LOL! Desperate for a RB eh Stealers?

    Steelerben is right though. You guys haven’t had a decent back since Bettis. Save the Willie Parker comments too.

  11. The Steelers have installed a new zone-blocking technique for the run and are going to utilize the counter for the first time. Since they no longer have Mendenhall spinning into the backs of the offensive linemen, the running game can only get better.

  12. Steelerben is right though. You guys haven’t had a decent back since Bettis. Save the Willie Parker comments too.

    Willie Parker had the speed but he lacked the vision and cutback ability to be a great back. He would trip over his own feet at least twice a game. Still……..longest TD run in Super Bowl history.

  13. What about LaRod? Didn’t he do well in the preseason opener? Depth charts in August are very fluid when there is no obvious returning starter but it would be nice to see him do well…but not too well since I’m a fan of a rival.

    btw, thanks steelerben for trying to moderate a troll in another thread

  14. Hope Roethlisbooger likes pancakes because that’s what he’s getting when he hands the ball off to this naive rookie.

  15. With a fresh new young offensive line and a new running back in Le’veon, the steelers running game will only improve from last year. I see the ravens getting their “Bell” rung a couple times a season. They must be worried.

  16. crownofthehelmet said:

    Excellent move. Him and Dwyer will be an effective combo behind our newly-dominant OLine.

    I heard what put Bell over the top was a new, innovative RB drill. They had em run through a big wall of marshmellows, to best replicate the other AFCN d-lines. Ravens tried the same drill, but all the players got stuck trying to eat their way through it.

    Actually it was Ice Cream that the ravens tried… soft serve…

    Harryballs thought it would be good motivation to bring an IceCream truck out to camp. If the D had the best day they got Icecream and the O got showers and viceversa …. at the end of the week the Defense gained on average 18 pounds per man and the offense was very clean…..

  17. whether of not he becomes the savior of the running game remains to be seen. too many people are calling him roy before he plays 1 regulation down. my biggest concerns are ramon foster and pouncey. that’s where the running attack will succeed or fail. ramon foster is extremely inconsistent, and pouncey is 30 lbs lighter than the defensive lines of cincy and balt. those teams, and to a lesser extent cle, have been building defensive fronts geared to stop pit, the most successful afc n team since ’04.

  18. think about it, cowher became so frustrated seeing eddie George and fred taylor pound the crap out of his defense, he drafted big case, brought in keisel, aaron smith and kendrell bell, saying he be damned if those guys keep beating his team. it worked, but Washington and scott played db’s and every team passed at will against them.

  19. “Harryballs thought it would be good motivation to bring an IceCream truck out to camp.”

    Harryballs?! Seriously?! When do you start fifth grade or were you “held back” as they like to say now?

  20. @Nofool: you can’t make comments like this:

    “Ah the benefits of deer antler spray….lol”

    and then complain about “Ravens trolls” on threads about Steelers players. You are making the rest of us look bad and you need to knock it off. Either take as much as you dish out or stop trolling.

    @ steelerBen, I was not sure you had a sense of humor before the above post but now I know you don’t. My post was light hearted see lol.
    And what gives you the right to pass judgement on my comments being an embarrassment to Steeler fans. Did the Pope die….nope so relax Ben and post what you want and I will post what I want. I ll be sure to tip you off when you are talking out of both sides of your mouth. I have seen your trolling posts before …..you are more a raven fan as you follow the do as I say not as I do mantra.

  21. Joemontanaflacco says:
    Aug 15, 2013 2:21 PM
    “Harryballs thought it would be good motivation to bring an IceCream truck out to camp.”

    Harryballs?! Seriously?! When do you start fifth grade or were you “held back” as they like to say now?

    3 0 He may be starting fifth grade, but you have been acting like a fifth grader for some time now so you may want to give him some of your keys to success .

  22. I think to this point all the Steeler fans should be hoping that Bell isn’t the latest fragile pick spending half the season or more on the sideline.

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