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.