23-Year-Old Running Back – Pittsburgh Steelers
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Bell established himself as the Steelers' bell cow last year, finishing second in the league to DeMarco Murray in scrimmage yards and staying healthy all season after missing the first three games of ...
Le'Veon Bell Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $4.12 million deal with the Steelers in June of 2013.
The Steelers are confident that Bell (knee) will be ready for the start of next season, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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Le'Veon Bell: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bell's 2015 season comes to a close after he sustained a gruesome right knee injury believed to be a torn MCL during Sunday's game against the Bengals. That unfortunate incident came after Bell injured the same knee during Week 17 of last season, which resulted in a lengthy rehab process. Also suspended for the first two games of this season, Bell finishes the current campaign with 556 yards on 113 carries, 136 receiving yards from 24 catches (on 26 targets), and three total touchdowns. With Bell out, the Steelers signed running back Isaiah Pead on Monday, which figures to provide depth behind DeAngelo Williams, Dri Archer and Jordan Todman in Pittsburgh's backfield.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Steelers didn't provide a diagnosis after Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but even in a best-case scenario, Bell will likely miss multiple games. He was unable to put any weight on his right leg and was taken out of the stadium to undergo further evaluation. According to Dave Lolley of the Washington Observer-Reporter, the Steelers believe that Bell suffered a torn MCL, which could potentially bring his season to an early end. He injured the same knee in Week 17 last season, and while the issue wasn't said to be too serious at the time, he later admitted that it took nearly the entire offseason to heal. It shouldn't yet be assumed that Bell will miss the rest of the season, but it does seem that DeAngelo Williams will lead the Pittsburgh backfield for at least the next few weeks. More information should be available Monday, after Bell gets further testing to confirm the initial diagnosis.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)At first glance this doesn't look good, with Bell having been carted off after not being able to put weight on the knee. Next up for the Steelers' carries in the event that Bell misses time beyond Sunday is DeAngelo Williams.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bell missed last season's first three games with a foot injury, but gained the lion's share of the Steelers' rushing duties upon his return and ended up staying healthy while averaging nearly 100 total yards per game in his rookie year despite a meager 3.5 YPC. Though he's slow for a running back (just a 4.60 40 time), he's an effective receiver and goal-line back, and should benefit from the Pittsburgh offensive unit getting healthy over the offseason. Though he should be tough to bring down at 6-1, 244, Bell broke only 21 tackles last year, and he'll have to show either more elusiveness or more tackle-breaking ability to hold off import LeGarrette Blount and super-fast draft pick Dri Archer. It's disturbing for Bell that Blount – signed to a two-year-deal – is a very similar kind of back at almost the same size and speed. Worse, Bell only outrushed Blount by 88 yards and one touchdown last year despite rushing 91 more times. Still, Bell has an edge through the air – he averaged a very fine 8.9 yards per reception, though a higher catch rate than last year's 68.2 percent certainly couldn't hurt – and is the incumbent here. Bell will likely take the majority of the carries for the Steelers this year, and it's not unreasonable to expect him to build on the improvement he showed in last season's final five games.
With the 48th pick in this year's draft, the Steelers seemingly drafted Bell to be their starter this season. Gone is Rashard Mendenhall, and Jonathan Dwyer – last year’s leading rusher – and Isaac Redman aren't likely to hold off the rookie who rushed for 1,793 yards at Michigan State last season. Behind an offensive line that features Mike Pouncey and 2012 first-round pick David DeCastro, Bell should find good running room. At 6-2, 237, Bell isn't fast (4.6 40 at the combine), but he has good field vision, nimble feet and powerful legs to push the pile. Moreover, he comes from a program that ran a pro-style offense, which offensive coordinator Todd Haley speculates should make Bell's transition to Pittsburgh's offense easier. LaRod Stephens-Howling will complete for a third-down role, but Bell is expected to stay on the field on passing downs as he's a good blocker and has soft hands (78 career receptions in college). All of which puts Bell in an excellent position to produce as a rookie once he is able to return from a foot injury that will hold him out of action early in the season.