As the Pittsburgh Steelers move through OTAs and closer to training camp, RantSports.com will be bringing you player profiles for many of the team’s players. We’ll focus mainly on new acquisitions, and on those players who will be on the roster bubble and in position battles. In this installment for the Steelers, we’ll take a look at second round draft pick Le’Veon Bell.
The talented running back out of MSU was an ideal selection for the Steelers. They were a team in clear need of another RB, after the departure of Rashard Mendenhall, and after deciding to pass on free agent Ahmad Bradshaw.
Bell is going to be a downhill bruiser, as he comes into camp at 6’1″ and 230 lbs. What you see is what you get with this guy, as he’s not going to be doing a bunch of dancing around in the Steelers’ backfield. There are some concerns over his breakaway speed, and he’ll no doubt have to adjust to being a pass-protector in the NFL, but so far, all signs point to this guy having what it takes to be successful.
Jonathan Dwyer also figures to get a lot of carries for the Steelers this season, so Bell shouldn’t have to rush an abnormal amount of times for a rookie. Pittsburgh is no doubt relying more heavily upon the ground game in 2013, after losing wide receiver Mike Wallace in free agency.
You’d have to think Dwyer pencils in as the No. 1 guy as training camp begins, but Bell is going to be right there behind him.
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