Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Best Rookie Running Back in 2013?

By Alex Faherty
Le'Veon Bell
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After the first four weeks of the 2013 regular season where Le’Veon Bell was sidelined due to a lisfranc injury, the rookie from Michigan State has proven that he can do it all at the running back position. In the year 2013, Le’Veon Bell has broken tackles, hit holes with great bursts of speed, caught balls out of the back field and pass-blocked extremely well for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In a day and age where the three-down running back is disappearing from the NFL, it appears that the Steelers have found one in Bell.  He has averaged 58.9 rushing yards per game and 33.8 receiving yards per game. He has also accumulated five rushing touchdowns and 38 receptions on the season.

With the resurgence of Bell in Week 4, the Steelers were even able to get their passing game flowing. Much of Antonio Brown‘s success this season can be credited to Bell’s presence in Pittsburgh’s backfield. He has also become an unlikely safety net for Ben Roethlisberger. On key third downs, Roethlisberger has successfully checked down to Bell, which has helped the Steelers sustain drives and get them into the end zone.

Bell has been able to accomplish what he has this season despite a depleted offensive line in front of him. Bell and the Steelers have had to deal with six different changes to their offensive line this year, but Bell has proven that it doesn’t matter who is blocking for him — he will make things happen.

Unfortunately for Bell, the first four weeks of the season may cost him first place in the race for best rookie running back of 2013. Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers is having an outstanding year, proving himself to be a dynamic three-down running back in the NFL. Another rookie running back that Bell is competing with is Giovoni Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals; Bernard has great hands and elusive speed, which makes him a dangerous weapon in any backfield.

Alex Faherty is a writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @4thesport

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