After missing the first three games of his NFL career with an ankle injury, many Pittsburgh Steelers fans wondered if selecting Le’Veon Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft was a good move. However, Bell has put on an absolute show in recent weeks and even hit an interesting milestone in Week 10.
The Steelers defeated the visiting Buffalo Bills on Sunday and like usual, Pittsburgh earned the victory thanks to a stout devotion to the run game. Bell was the game’s leading rusher with 57 yards, but the rookie running back controlled the pace of the game with a career-high 22 carries! The Steelers knew they were getting an every-down back when they brought Bell to town, considering his heavy workload at Michigan State, but these types of numbers are impressive for any first-year player.
In his first six games; Bell has scored four times and is currently averaging 56.5 rush yards per contest along with 37.6 receiving yards per game as well. For a rookie to flirt with 100 yards from scrimmage per game is something that you don’t see very often. While Bell’s 3.3 yards per carry could definitely use some work, look for Pittsburgh to continue milking this running back for years to come.
In essence, a 22-carry game from Bell is something that Steelers fans should get used to. And it’s also safe to say that Rashard Mendenhall is a distant memory in the Steel City.