Rookie Bell getting plenty of reps for Steelers
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 30, 2013
As it pertains to the Steelers running back position, what you see may not be what you get.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, rookie LeíVeon Bell got the majority of the work with the starting in team drills Monday, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin cautioned not to read too much into it.
ďBut Iím sure you guys will run with it, so go ahead,Ē Tomlin said.
Bell got more work than any other back in pass protection drills, and took four of the five reps in an 11-on-11 drill during the first fully padded practice of camp.
The Steelers have incumbent backs Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, but the second-rounder isnít taking anything for granted.
ďHe just wanted me to compete,Ē Bell said. ďIím a rookie, a running back, I have to pass-protect. Thatís something he wants me to see so he put me against some of his better players.Ē
Itís smart to push Bell forward, to see if he can be something greater than what they have on hand. The Steelers want to run more this year, and he might be their best chance to be something other than ordinary there.