"It's definitely not good," said Steelers RB LeVeon Bell when talking about the team's red zone inefficiencies. On the year, the Steelers have reached the red zone 29 times, but have only managed to score 12 touchdowns.
That red zone touchdown conversion rate ranks as the second-worst in the league. They've also only converted 3-of-14 red zone attempts in their past four games.
"We've got to make it happen when we get the opportunity," Bell said. "Teams will eventually make you pay if you don't. It's something we have to work on."
Bell and Brown are obvious must-starts every week, but we know how valuable touchdowns are for fantasy purposes. On the year, Brown and Bell have a combined eight touchdowns. This week they face a Colts defense that has allowed a combined 23 touchdowns through the air (13) and ground (10), so hopefully, the dynamic Pittsburgh duo will have plenty of opportunities to add to their touchdown totals. Bell and Brown are both ranked at the top of their respective positions for Week 10.
Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:52pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, toe, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. ESPN’s Rich Cimini said that the Jets will “lean heavily” on Powell if Forte can’t play. Powell should serve as the lead back against the Jaguars, who are No. 12 in RB aFPA. However, the Jaguars have given up sizable yardage games to Alex Collins (82 yards), Derrick Henry (92 yards, touchdown), and Lamar Miller (65 yards) in each of the first three weeks. As the lead back in the final four games of last season, Powell averaged 23.7 fantasy points (PPR) and was second only to LeVeon Bell at his position in that span. When 4for4’s Joe Holka studied Powell for his Rushing Expectation series, he noted that Powell has “rare finishing ability” and “attacks defenses and runs with authority.” Holka also described himself as “a fan of Powell’s talent.” Powell hasn’t run the ball as well this year, but this should be his chance to get into a rhythm.
Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:52pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:53pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, toe) missed practice again Thursday. ESPN’s Rich Cimini said that the Jets will “lean heavily” on Powell if Forte can’t play. Powell should serve as the lead back against the Jaguars, who are No. 12 in RB aFPA. However, the Jaguars have given up sizable yardage games to Alex Collins (82 yards), Derrick Henry (92 yards, touchdown), and Lamar Miller (65 yards) in each of the first three weeks. As the lead back in the final four games of last season, Powell averaged 23.7 fantasy points (PPR) and was second only to LeVeon Bell at his position in that span. When 4for4’s Joe Holka studied Powell for his Rushing Expectation series, he noted that Powell has “rare finishing ability” and “attacks defenses and runs with authority.” Holka also described himself as “a fan of Powell’s talent.” Powell hasn’t run the ball as well this year, but this should be his chance to get into a rhythm.
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:53pm
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:17pm
Bell described himself as “a little winded” after going through the session, but coach Mike Tomlin had a more positive take on how Bell fared in his return to the field. Tomlin said during a Tuesday press conference, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that he thinks Bell is in “great physical condition” after seeing him get “back on the moving train” on Monday.
Related players: James Conner
The story said Bell may not have his usual role in Week 1. Tomlin said they plan to watch Bell at practice to assess how much he'll play and that the team is "comfortable" with Conner getting work.
He returned on Friday, but he’s officially back today.
Steelers running back LeVeon Bell has signed his one-year, $12.1 million franchise tender. The team announced the development on Monday morning.
The team also noted that it has received a two-week roster exemption for Bell. This allows them to carry 54 players until Bell is activated, which could (and likely will) happen before Sunday’s game at Cleveland. Obviously good news for owners. The story also pointed out after the season, the Steelers will have to decide whether to sign Bell to a long-term contract, to apply the franchise tender again (by rule, he’d be entitled to $14.56 million), or to allow him to become a free agent.
The source would be surprised, however, if Bell isn't back with the Steelers shortly after that, citing his love for football.
The story added Bell can always rearrange his plans, but currently he's slated to remain training on his own for at least the next few days.
LeVeon Bell still has not reported to Steelers camp after not reaching an agreement on a contract extension. At some point, he will have to decide whether to play on the franchise tag and sign his tender.
Rookie running back James Conner (shoulder) has also been out since last Monday, after getting evaluated at a Pittsburgh hospital for his injury.
There's no reason to think Bell won't eventually sign his tender and reward fantasy owners once again, but Pittsburgh is one of the few backfields that has proven to produce a high-value handcuff. We saw it with DeAngelo Williams, but we also saw it with Toussaint in the 2015 postseason when he turned 21 touches into 118 total yards. Bell owners may want to monitor who the back-up is this offseason, as it has produced high volume in years past when Bell has not played.
Not backing down from physical confrontation has consequences.
Steelers rookie running back James Conner drew praise from his coach, Mike Tomlin, for Conner’s efforts in his first padded practice. Those efforts resulted, however, in a shoulder injury.
According to NFL Network, Conner missed practice on Monday for evaluation of the shoulder. The Steelers are off on Tuesday.
It’s unclear when Conner will be ready to return, and the precise diagnosis/prognosis is unknown. His absence puts stress on the tailback position, given the lingering holdout by starter Le’Veon Bell.
That comes as no surprise as Bell has not signed his $12.1 million franchise tender and players in that position tend to stay away from the early part of camp at the very least.
The deadline to sign a longer deal passed on July 17, the story said, leaving that deal on the table through the start of the season unless the Steelers offer him more money or a promise not to use the franchise tag to make reporting more worth Bell’s while.
Bell is expected to hold out for at least part of camp, but has said he would like to play a full 16-game schedule this season, so it seems reasonable if he doesn't arrive for the start, he'll show up at some point in time to get ready for the start of the season. The story was actually about Bell's potential backup in 2017.
Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (not injury related) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week. Bell will be fine to face the Patriots. Unlike his quarterback, Bell has actually been 10% better (PPR) on the road. He has averaged 0.78 rush TD in nine road games over the last two seasons.
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm
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