More significant in regard to the season opener is how the Steelers will use RBs LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Sunday against the visiting Browns. Tomlin has said that both Bell and Blount will share the workload at running back.
But at his weekly news conference Tomlin said he does not necessarily see Bell having to accept a reduced role after averaging just over 20 touches per game last season.
When asked if he could see Bell getting 20 to 25 touches a game this season, Tomlin said, “I think we drafted him with that in mind.”
Of course the Steelers drafted Bell before they added Blount, who may be the most talented runner on the roster, and the ultra-fast Archer this offseason. The backfield is a little more crowded this season.
This is probably going to come as a big relief to fantasy owners. The split workload never made a lot of sense and perhaps was a motivational tool in the end. According to the story, Bell's versatility will help the Steelers keep him heavily involved with offense while also taking advantage of Blount and Archer, who they will try to get the ball in space. Bell comes into this week ranked 15th in a pretty good matchup against the Browns.