Bell rushed 27 times for 87 yards and caught all four of his targets for another four yards in Sunday's 26-9 win over the Vikings.
Le'Veon Bell was not used in empty packages Week 1.
Bell played "only" 43-of-60 snaps in the opener, in part because his usual role as the fourth receiver in empty sets was taken by rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. Perhaps the Steelers were just limiting Bell's snaps after he sat out all of training camp, but this is at least a small concern coming off his 47-yard opening performance. Bell has a tough test this week against the Vikings, but he remains a high-end RB1.
Bell rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries and added 15 yards on three catches in Sunday's win over the Browns.
Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards while adding three receptions for 15 yards in Sunday’s win over the Browns.
Bell’s 47 yards from scrimmage are the fewest he’s had in a game since the fourth game of his rookie season in 2013. He showed no affects physically after holding out all preseason before joining the organization nine days ago. Bell played 43 of the 60 offensive snaps for the Steelers, but found little room to operate with the football. He had only 17 rushing yards until his final carry of the game, a 15-yard run to ice things for the Steelers. It’s concerning that the Pittsburgh front had so much trouble with Cleveland heading into a matchup with a much better Minnesota unit, but Bell’s low-yardage total is anomaly for the bar he’s set so far during his career.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that he fully expects Bell to be at "full speed" for the team's Week 1 matchup with the Browns, despite missing all of training camp and the preseason, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Bell is in "great physical condition" heading into the regular season, but noted that he doesn't have a hard and fast plan for how extensively the running back would be used in Sunday's opener against the Browns, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell is in "great physical condition."
Bell admitted to being a "little winded" during Monday's practice, but he should work back into game shape fairly quickly. Tomlin added the team has not decided how much they will use the back against the Browns, but the answer is almost certainly as much as he can handle. Even after missing the preseason, he is a locked-in RB1 this week.
Bell said he's ready for any kind of workload Sunday against Cleveland, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler
reports. "30 touches, or whether it's 10 touches," said Bell. "Whatever it may be, I'm ready to go out there and get the job done."
Le'Veon Bell says he's ready for a "full load" in Sunday's opener.
Bell did say he was a "little winded" on Monday. 25-year-old Bell has demonstrated a remarkable ability to hit the ground running after long layoffs. We wouldn't expect him to be limited against the Browns.
his franchise tender Monday.
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