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Quietly, Bell has been getting a heavy workload in Pittsburgh

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As the Steelers have steadily climbed back toward relevance, their second-round draft pick quietly has become the workhorse they envisioned.

Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has averaged more than 21 touches since making his Week Four debut in London.  He’s had 25 touches in two of the last three games.

Despite the steady flow of opportunities, Bell has yet to break out.  His best game came against the Ravens in Week Seven, when Bell carried 19 times for 93 yards, good for a 4.9-yard average.

For the season, Bell has an average of only 3.2 yards per carry.  As the Steelers have more success passing, however, running lanes could be easier to find.

And with the Steelers playing the Ravens again on Thursday night and surely determined to shut down quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, maybe Bell will have the first 100-yard game of his career.

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25 Responses to “Quietly, Bell has been getting a heavy workload in Pittsburgh”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 27, 2013 10:52 PM

    It’s too bad that he’s not even in the top ten rookie running backs, talent-wise.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 27, 2013 11:11 PM

    If he doesn’t work out, then they can trade him next year to the Colts for their next 1st Rounder plus Trent Richardson. Then Richardson of course will break out for the Steelers and win the NFL MVP award. Fantasy geeks everywhere will file a class-action lawsuit from massive group coronary failure. Teams eliminated from the playoffs should dump their non-keepers for future Free Agent dollars now! Well I don’t play Fantasy so I guess the trading deadline is probably over by now. Why did you guys let Commissioners into the game? I bet they make big salaries too and don’t really do anything but listen to problems.

  3. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 27, 2013 11:16 PM

    Just give it time once we get a few more linemen back lanes will be open I hope we crush those rat birds most of all if we lose I hope ravens or steelers will put those bengals in there place and remind them who owns the AFC north bengals fans are starting to come outta the wood work cause they have one good season even tho there QB is worse then over paid joe!

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 27, 2013 11:17 PM

    Congratulation to le’veon bell and the pittsburgh steelers 30th ranked RUSH Offense.

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 28, 2013 4:29 AM

    The dude looks way skinnier than he was in college for some reason.

  6. pabrownsfan says: Nov 28, 2013 5:38 AM

    I think it will be a typical Raven-Steeler game. I cant wait to watch. Good luck to both fan bases.

  7. olcap says: Nov 28, 2013 6:27 AM

    Bell is another Tomlin bust. Just wait and watch. His current 3.2 YPC is likely the highest mark he will ever achieve.

  8. z06vision says: Nov 28, 2013 6:41 AM

    Another opportunity for Velasco to dominate the Ravens Ngata like he did last time. Bell will run for over 100 yards this game, bank on it. Steelers by 4!

  9. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 28, 2013 7:03 AM

    The kid is on a fast track to Canton. I know it’s early, but he’s the real deal. Go Steelers!

  10. halusbr33 says: Nov 28, 2013 8:47 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 27, 2013 11:17 PM
    Congratulation to le’veon bell and the pittsburgh steelers 30th ranked RUSH Offense.

    ————–
    Rankings are cute and all that, but the only true stat that matters is the W-L…. After starting 0-4, if they finish at least, although not acceptable, will be better than justing folding up shop until next year.

  11. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Nov 28, 2013 9:00 AM

    Sparty on!

  12. joerevs300 says: Nov 28, 2013 9:11 AM

    You can’t overstate losing Markice Pouncey in the first game. This threw the entire offensive line (not that it wasn’t with its problems already) into chaos. Combine that with our defense playing below-average the first 4 games and we were 0-4.

    Honestly the MVP’s of the Steelers so far are (obviously) Big Ben, but Fernando Velasco. Here’s a guy who was at home but started all 16 games for Tennessee the year before, comes in, has played multiple spots on the line where needed, and is the main reason it’s stabilized and protected Ben much better the past 3 weeks.

    Anyone with half a brain knows tonight is an elimination game between the Steelers and Ravens. If the Ravens lose the Steelers have a sweep and they have to run the table, which means beating Detroit, New England and Cincinnati in the final 3 weeks (could happen, but not likely). If the Steelers lose, the thing I fear is Tennessee. They could win out (with Green Bay being the toughest game) but if they tie with Tennessee, they are in due to the Week 1 victory.

    But someone has to get the #6 seed in the AFC. That’s playing out like the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference in the NBA.

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 28, 2013 9:45 AM

    Ever since pittsburgh steelers team doctor dr. rydze was indicted for illegal distribution of growth hormone and steroids…. the pittsburgh steelers have been an average-below average NFL team.

  14. halusbr33 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:48 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 28, 2013 9:45 AM
    Ever since pittsburgh steelers team doctor dr. rydze was indicted for illegal distribution of growth hormone and steroids…. the pittsburgh steelers have been an average-below average NFL team.
    ——————————————-
    What? He wasn’t the team doctor, Dr. Rydze was A team doctor. The head doctor during that time and for a majority of the Steelers modern existance is Dr. Joseph Maroon. Ryzde was one of many contracted team doctors that the Steelers employ (or had employed), like all teams employ. There wasn’t and hasn’t been any link to his long time study of human growth hormone usage with the elderly and severly disadvantaged/disabled. This was a long time study and practice. Somewhat controversial and non-traditional, but so are a lot of practices that start small. If I lost a knee or had it replaced at a late age, I would try hgh to rebuild it. Why lay in waste, waiting to die?

  15. halusbr33 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:52 AM

    But let me clear though, I do not agree with his tact (and which he was found guilty of )distributing oxycodone and hgh illegally.

  16. halusbr33 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:57 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 28, 2013 9:45 AM
    Ever since pittsburgh steelers team doctor dr. rydze was indicted for illegal distribution of growth hormone and steroids…. the pittsburgh steelers have been an average-below average NFL team.
    ————————–
    Also…the Steelers were very good before he ever started practing and being contracted by the Steelers.

  17. jmblosser82 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:31 AM

    Doctorrustbelt, the bengals have been an average to below average team for most of their existence, it takes a down year for both the steelers and ravens for them to win the division. Enjoy the division while you can, they will go back to sucking soon enough.

  18. bigbenownsthenfl says: Nov 28, 2013 12:01 PM

    as bad as the bengals have been for numerous decades maybe they need a doctor to administer steroids. steelers will win the afc north this year! bungles are not good! here come the steelers baby!!!

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    Ever since pittsburgh steelers team doctor dr. rydze was indicted for illegal distribution of growth hormone and steroids…. the pittsburgh steelers have been an average-below average NFL team.

    I guess you would be an expert on a below average nfl franchise rooting for the bengals.

  20. dimi1919 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:04 PM

    Congrats to Marvin Lewis and all his playoff success

  21. scoobies05 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    hey gang. its clear that the good dr is not worth our time. once the ravens or steelers beat out the bengals he will disappear. jm, nofool, deb, bobzilla, crown, and everyone else…happy thanksgiving and of course…go ravens!

  22. tavisteelersfan says: Nov 28, 2013 3:28 PM

    Bell also averages 30+ yards a game as a receiver, with a 10 yard per catch average.

    As with Bettis, the Steeler’s are using Bell to control the clock.

    It’s a big boy’s game and you gotta use that noggin a bit to understand what’s what.

  23. jmblosser82 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:42 PM

    Happy turkey day scoobs, preparing for a 4 point squeaker tonight.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 28, 2013 6:30 PM

    scoobies05 | Nov 28, 2013, 3:24 PM EST
    hey gang. its clear that the good dr is not worth our time. once the ravens or steelers beat out the bengals he will disappear. jm, nofool, deb, bobzilla, crown, and everyone else…happy thanksgiving and of course…go ravens!

    Only the best for the classiest raven fan…best wishes to you and your loved ones…the game is so secondary to family…but go steelers.

  25. jmblosser82 says: Nov 28, 2013 7:48 PM

    I agree nofool, scoobs is about the only raven fan on here that doesn’t make me want to gouge my eyes out.

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