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.