I think Blount is better as a receiver than many give him credit for.
When I watch Bell, I am reminded (old timers take note) of Chuck Foreman for the Vikings from 1973 to 1980. I think Bell can be that type of player who can run for 1,000 yards and catch 40-50 passes.
Theyve tried getting him involved since his days at oregon, with Tenn, with TB, and with NE and thats the one major flaw in his game which given our current group its just fine.
Bell can put up Matt Forte or Shaun Alexander numbers...no doubt in my mind
Also, bell had 45 catches as a rookie after missing 4 games...60+ catches is definitely reasonable, especially if they play on moving him out wide a lot again (with blount in the backfield <3 <3 )
2015 NFL Draft
1) Shane Ray-OLB
2) Quintin Rollins-DB
3) TJ Yeldon-RB
4) Jeff Heuerman-TE
5) Adrian Amos-FS
6) Kyle Emmanuel-OLB
6) Antwan Goodley-WR
7) Shane Carden-QB
If the question was "Can the Steelers have the best RB unit this year?" then I would say sure...but do they currently?
They have a second year guy who ran well in limited action last year. He looked good for the most part, but I would call myself "cautiously optimistic" on him now. He is definitely not what you would call a proven commodity.
We signed a guy in the off-season who was mostly a big -man bust up until the playoffs last year. Broke 1,000 yards as a rook in 2010, hasn't surpassed 800 since. 772 as a backup last year, and an explosive 166 yard, 4 TDs performance followed by a 6 yard game. He has never been more than a question mark his whole career.
Certainly possible that behind a coached up line that they could end the year as a great duo, but I don't see any way we can make that proclamation right now.
As far as Bell, he was a rookie, #1. He was hurt for a month, #2. He had horrid OL play for most of his games, #3. But when he had a respectable OL play, and better play calling, he came on. My eye test for both of these backs say they are quality. If out OL is improved and stays healthy, our running game will do better than it has in a decade. Can I know it for a fact? Of course not? Can I make a confident prediction? Why not?
I thought you said that you like to wait until players make plays for the steelers before you start to like them. Which one is it?
You type so much crap, you can't keep it straight