The Pittsburgh Steelers’ backfield has been a mess all season long. The revolving door has included Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones, all with little success.
Rookie Le’Veon Bell was supposed to be the team’s starting running back. Bell was a solid pick for the Steelers in this recent draft but the rookie running back suffered an injury during the preseason that’s kept him out of the Steelers’ first three games.
Bell is expected to make his return this week against the Minnesota Vikings. The Steelers are in desperate need of something to get the running game going. However, is Bell really going to make that big of an impact upon his return?
There’s no doubt that he’ll provide a boost to the backfield. The running game for the Steelers could use help from just about anyone. Having him definitely won’t make the backfield any worse than it already is.
Aside from a few snaps in the second preseason game, Bell hasn’t seen a lot of action. It’ll be interesting to see if Bell is able to dive right into being the go-to-guy in the Steelers’ rushing attack. Hopefully being the go-to means he’s dependable.
A problem for the Steelers has been turnovers. After committing 5 turnovers against Chicago the Steelers can’t afford any more. Felix Jones was responsible for one of the turnovers as he fumbled the ball away to the Bear’s defense. Bell needs to be smart with the ball; costly turnovers will doom this team every game.
I don’t see Bell returning and eating the Viking’s defense alive. It’s Bell’s first year in the NFL and while he may be a solid player he’s still a rookie. It’s going to take some time before Bell is mowing over defenders for the black and gold.
Reports are indicating he looks great during practices and the Steelers wouldn’t have drafted him so early and over other significant backs if they didn’t think he was capable of being a standout player. I expect a good performance from Bell against the Vikings. Nothing jaw-dropping but a step in the right direction for a lousy running game in Pittsburgh.
Bell can only help the Steelers’ rushing attack. If he can remain healthy and not play like a rookie then there might be a glimmer of hope for this backfield. We’ll see just what Bell brings to the table when the Steelers face the Vikings in London on Sunday.