LeVeon Bell Fantasy News
Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:47pm
Steelers beat writer Scott Brown on the potential workload of RB LeGarrette Blount: I think Blount should get around eight carries per game but that could mean four to five one week and 10-12 the next.
We currently project Blount for 7.8 touches per game and he's one of the more capable handcuffs in the league. He's going very late in drafts considering his talent and LeVeon Bell's injury history (foot).
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Friday, July 4, 2014, 4:40pm
It will be interesting to see how the division of labor shakes out with the Steelers trying to feature RB LeVeon Bell in the offense while also finding touches for LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. Two of the three could play together in different packages given their respective skill sets. And the trio provides offensive coordinator Todd Haley with an opportunity to get creative with his running backs. What is certain is the Steelers are much better equipped to deal with an injury to Bell this season and that they've significantly improved their overall talent at running back.
Blount's arrival caps Bell's upside as the team's feature back.
Steelers won't 'lean as heavily' on Le'Veon Bell
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 6:57pm
Steelers beat writer Scott Brown was asked about LeVeon Bell's workload: "I think LeVeon Bell could get 300-plus carries this season but not much more than that even if he plays every game. The Steelers say they are committed to running the ball this season, and I don't think that's just lip service from offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. However, I doubt that the Steelers lean as heavily on Bell as they did last season because of the additions of LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. Bell will start at running back but the other two will get touches as well. I like that approach because I think it will extend the number of productive seasons Bell has in the NFL. That's probably not good news for fantasy football owners who covet Bell, but he will still be a prominent part of the offense and the Steelers will put his receiving skills to good use too."
Bell's touches are under pressure with the addition of Blount and Archer. Blount was very productive for the Patriots last season and is likely to eat into Bell's workload in 2014.
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:33am
After the Steelers signed RB LeGarrette Blount as a free agent, many suggested he would be used mostly in short-yardage situations. Yet they have mixed and matched him and LeVeon Bell, even splitting them out wide. Dri Archer gives them different dimension and flip-flops between working with the backs and wide receivers.
Blount proved in New England that he has enough talent to put a dent in Bell's upside as the team's RB1. This is something to monitor as the offseason wears on.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:57am
While LeVeon Bell will start, LeGarrette Blount is certain what his role is going to be. And it's not likely to change from quarter to quarter — even if the Steelers and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are experimenting with him in a variety of ways during these May/June practices.
He's lined up multiple times with Bell in an old-style, two-back set and has even been in the slot or flanked outside. What he likes is that he's on the field a lot.
“I know that is going to be locked down, for sure — I know I'm going to run the football here,” Blount said. “All the other stuff is just added on to the pile, and I'm not going to turn it down because I want the ball any chance I get it."
Blount was more effective as a runner than Bell was in 2013, though that may have something to do his playing in the Patriots offense. He'll serve as Bell's backup and is one of the more talented handcuffs in the league.
Beat: Dri Archer is 'a weapon-in-waiting'
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:48pm
When you watch Steelers RB Dri Archer’s highlights from his college career at Kent State, he looks very fast. When you watch Dri Archer on the field with the Steelers, he looks very fast. Very fast against Kent State’s competition is one thing, but very fast on a field filled with NFL-caliber players stamps Archer as a weapon-in-waiting.
Beat: LeGarrette Blount to get 6-8 carries per game
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 3:55pm
What is most attractive about LeGarrette Blount is his career rushing average -- 4.7 yards per carry -- which, at the very least, makes him a dependable back in short-yardage and goal-line situations. The Steelers signed him to spell Bell and get six to eight carries a game.
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:12pm
Is adding an experienced running back important, given no one on the roster has NFL carries except for LeVeon Bell? “I felt good about (the meeting with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew). We are open to it (adding an experienced back). I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft,” Tomlin said. “LeVeon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”
It sounds as if the Steelers just want some depth at RB but still view Bell as their bell cow back.
LeVeon Bell should benefit from Mike Munchak hire
Friday, January 24, 2014, 11:38am
Bell will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the improvement that should take place up front with Munchak mentoring a young and promising offensive line. He should also thrive in the zone blocking scheme that Munchak is expected to make a staple of the Steelers'offense.
Bell is a patient yet decisive runner and that blend is perfect for zone blocking, which requires backs to read and react.
Bell was the #8 RB from Week 4 to Week 17 once he returned from a foot injury that sidelined him for the first three weeks. Given his workload, he could be a low-end 1st round pick by the time 2014 fantasy drafts roll around.
LeVeon Bell says foot is '100 percent'
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:47am
RB LeVeon Bell missed the first preseason game with a bruised knee. His only action with the Steelers, other than in early training camp practices, came in the second preseason game when he carried four times for 9 yards and left with a right mid-foot sprain. He did not resume practice until last week, and now says his foot has recovered "100 percent."
Tackle Marcus Gilbert said, "He's an Adrian Peterson-type -- I don't want to put him in the same category yet, but he has that type of playmaking ability to break tackles and get yards after he's hit. Le'Veon is a special back we're glad to have back."
If Bell is truly 100 percent, he could be in line for feature back type touches on Sunday in a pretty good matchup with the Vikings. It's tough to get excited about a rookie coming off of an injury who is playing his first game on the road behind a patchwork offensive line.