The Steelers brought in bruising tailback LeGarrette Blount in the offseason to pair with LeVeon Bell to kick start a ground attack that finished near the bottom of the league the past two years, including a franchise worst 86.4 yards per game last year.
However, through two preseason games, the Steelers are averaging only 20 attempts per game and 52.5 yards on the ground — both rank 31st in the NFL. Those aren't necessarily numbers that you can get a read on the progress of the ground game.
“It is something that we would like to work on and definitely try and emphasize that if we get a chance,” guard David DeCastro said. “I think we are going to try to emphasize it, but football is one of those things that you can't really force.”
The Steelers running game got some attention this week with the talk of committees and splitting carries and goal line carries. It seemed assumed that Bell would get a bulk of the work but indications are maybe that's not the case and Blount could be more of a factor. It's definitely lowered Bell's value a little bit and makes Blount a guy to look at later in your draft.