Rookie Review: Le'Veon Bell
November, 25, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
Ken Blaze/USA TODAY SportsOnce Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell gets going, it takes a lot to slow him down.Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert selected Le'Veon Bell with the 48th overall pick in last year's draft. The selection of the 6-foot-1, 244-pound back made sense as the Steelers were looking to find a feature back that could grind out yards and add some balance to an offense that has been tilted heavy toward the passing game.
In addition, the hope was that Bell could take some pressure off their franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who is on the backside of his career. Big Ben has taken a step back in terms of the overall mobility he possessed early in his career and has struggled to maintain health throughout the past two seasons.
Bell's year did not get off to a strong start. He battled a knee injury early in training camp that kept him out of the preseason opener against the Giants. Bell returned for the second preseason game against Washington only to suffer a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot which kept him out until the fourth game of the regular season against Minnesota on Sept. 29.