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26 Le'Veon Bell RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/244 | Birthdate: 2/18/1992 | Birthplace: Columbus, OH, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 99/87 | Average Draft Position: 19.94
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Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount charged with possession


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday, with Bell also being charged with DUI, 93.7 The Fan reports.

Bell and Blount reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana in the car at the time of the stop, and an unidentified female with the two was also charged. All three were said to be "cooperative" with the police.


Le'Veon Bell says he 'probably will' lose goal line work to LeGarrette Blount


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Call it an off night for the Steelers run game Saturday against the Bills. Le'Veon Bell started and played the first eight snaps over two series for the Steelers but had just 11 yards on four carries and no catches. After getting three straight handoffs in the second series, Bell was replaced by LeGarrette Blount who played on eight straight snaps over two series himself but he actually did worse than Bell, totaling zero yards on three runs which included snaps with the second-team offense.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin insists their respective workloads haven't been determined yet and that Saturday's action was just a step in the process.

"We're trying to work both guys, but at the same time we want to get them enough extended action that we know them as fatigue sets in. Playing consecutive plays is a big part of that," Tomlin said. "Both guys are going to get their share but I want both guys to have the lead dog mentality, and in order to have that and do that you gotta see them for spurts of extended period of time. But don't read too much into it, we're just still growing and developing in terms of our division of labor. I like both guys, obviously, and both guys are going to be big components of why we're successful."

In a quick chat with CBSSports.com after the game, Bell said he's looking forward to learning from and sharing with Blount.

"He's going to keep me fresh, I'm going to keep him fresh," Bell said of Blount. "It's definitely important to stay fresh. Last year there were some runs I wasn't as fresh as I could have been. I could have maybe got more yards. LeGarrette, Dri [Archer], those guys are definitely going to help me out and I'm going to help them out as best as I can."

So does that mean Bell would be upset if the coaches gave Blount goal-line snaps?

"They probably will do that, that's probably what will happen," Bell said. "He's a big, strong guy, so when they put him in, he's in. We hopefully get that touchdown and I'm glad. I don't care."

Bell's comment is interesting because Blount isn't known for being the short-yardage/goal-line type. That doesn't mean he can't fit the role, of course. Blount's the bigger back of the two. Bell's versatility should put him ahead of Blount in terms of playing time, however. He's still rock solid as the kind of Fantasy running back you can confidently draft in Round 2, though pairing him with Blount and forming the Steelers backfield on your own roster is advised.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount can't make any noise vs. Bills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount failed to make any noise Saturday night against the Bills in exhibition play.

Bell got the start and saw most of his work on the second series and finished 11 yards on four carries through the ground. He was not targeted in the passing game. Blount was utilized as the up back in some formations, lining up in front of Dri Archer. He limited to three carries for no gain. He was also targeted once in the passing game and was held without a grab.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount share workload in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount shared the workload with the first-team offense in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Giants.

Bell got the start and both players were pulled after two drives. He ripped runs of 9 and 8 yards to start the game. Bell finished with three carries for 18 yards and one catch for 6 yards. Blount rushed for 10 yards on three carries.

Le'Veon Bell slims down to get quicker


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell reported to training camp at 232 pounds after playing at 244 last year, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He believes he'll be quicker and a better fit for the zone-blocking system, but still has the size and power to run over defenders, the paper said.

"I wanted to be lighter; I feel like I move a little better," Bell said. "I'm still strong, I'm still a big back -- 230 is still big. So I don't feel like I need to be 240. Looking at my film, when I was lighter, I made cuts a lot quicker, I was faster. I feel better around that weight, so I'm going to stay around that weight."

Steelers unveil initial depth chart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Steelers released their initial depth chart on Sunday, just a few days before their first preseason game against the Giants.

At wide receiver, the listed second-year pro Markus Wheaton as the starter opposite of Antonio Brown. Lance Moore is listed as the primary backup to Wheaton, andJustin Brown is the primary backup to Brown.

At running back, the team listed newcomer LeGarrette Blount behind Le'Veon Bell, followed by Dri Archer and Tauren Poole.

Le'Veon Bell not practicing again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is not practicing Wednesday, according to Steelers Depot. He left Sunday's practice with a tight hamstring, then missed Monday's workout. The team was off Tuesday.

Bothered by hamstring, Le'Veon Bell sits out Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will sit out Monday's practice after leaving early Sunday due to a tight hamstring, reports Steelers Depot. Bell told reporters the hamstring has been bothering him for a few days.

The Steelers are off Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see if Bell returns Wednesday.


Le'Veon Bell's hamstring issue not believed to be serious


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has a tight hamstring that caused him to leave practice Sunday, but coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he doesn't think the issue is serious. There's a chance Bell could practice Monday, Tomlin said.

Le'Veon Bell leaves early with 'tight hamstring'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell left Sunday's practice with a "tight hamstring that needs to be further evaluated," coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Steelers could mix, match 'B&B backfield'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) The Steelers might mix and match running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount more than originally expected, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I don't think you'll be able to tell anything with the first two guys," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of what could become known as the B&B backfield. "The key for me is to not know which one is in there. To have that much confidence and faith in both of them, that both can get it done whether it's running, catching or blocking."

The Steelers want to get their no-huddle offense to a point where they do not have to change personnel on the fly. If the backs can serve different roles from snap to snap, that versatility makes them more valuable.

"The nice thing is we can start a series with certain personnel and we can keep that personnel on the field and go no-huddle," Roethlisberger said. "So we can try to dictate what defense comes on the field so we can get in the best play possible."


Bell calls Dri Archer 'valuable piece to our offense'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) Second-year running back Le'Veon Bell heaped uncommon praise upon rookie speedster Dri Archer in an interview on the Steelers' web site. Archer, the team's third-round pick, is going to be a big part of the team according to Bell. 

"He's going to be a very valuable piece to our offense considering the things he can do out of the backfield and at slot receiver and just his speed in general," Bell said. "(As a defense), you have to account for that. He's definitely going to be a featured part of the offense. I was happy with the pick."

Archer caught 99 passes for 1,194 yards and 12 touchdowns in 21 games at Kent State. He also ran for 2,342 yards and 24 scores and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.


Le'Veon Bell breaks down Steelers run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) In a Q&A on the Steelers' official website, second-year rusher Le'Veon Bell isn't taking the starting job for granted. Moreover, he sees where he fits in with LeGarrette Blount

"He's a big guy. He's going to go in there and bruise some things down," Bell said of Blount's role. "I look at myself not as a bruiser but not as a scat-back, either. I do a little bit of both. I like juking, catching balls out of the backfield, lowering my shoulder. He likes running downhill. It's definitely going to be a good change of pace. The run game should definitely be good this year."


Le'Veon Bell still feature back over LeGarrette Blount


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) Even with the addition of running back LeGarrette Blount, the Steelers still plan to lean on Le'Veon Bell, reports ESPN.

The report says the Steelers "are committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back -- as they should be." He will continue to get the majority of the carries, but Blount does provide the Steelers much-needed insurance behind Bell.


LeGarrette Blount gets $3.85 million over two years


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) The Steelers gave running back LeGarrette Blount a two-year, $3.85 million contract, including a $950,000 signing bonus, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The former Patriot will back up Le'Veon Bell.

Steelers 'optimistic' they'll find backup RB


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) There's no secret that the Steelers are looking for a backup running back behind Le'Veon Bell. Last week they had ex-Jaguars rusher Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit and former Patriots runner LeGarrette Blount will visit the team on Friday. 

"We're looking to add depth at that position, and a guy of that caliber, a been-there, done-that type of veteran, will be an asset for us," Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We need to have depth in that area and we will in the not-too-distant future, whether it's in free agency or the draft."

Last year Bell had 244 of the team's 342 rushes (71 pct.) in the 13 games he played in. Currently the only backs behind Bell on the depth chart are Alvester Alexander, Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole. None of them have carried the ball during the regular season.


Steelers excited about Le'Veon Bell's receiving skills


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Despite missing the first three games with a sprained foot, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell caught 45 passes for 399 yards as a rookie. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports coaches are excited about Bell's ability as a receiver.

Bell's 45 receptions were the most by a Steelers running back since fullback John L. Williams caught 51 passes in 1994. Bell doesn't leave the field on third downs, so if he plays a full season he could catch 60 passes.


Steelers facing decisions on three running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The Steelers will try to re-sign free agent running backs Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling but not Felix Jones, reports ESPN.com. Dwyer would be an ideal backup to Le'Veon Bell but might leave for a chance to play more, the report said.

Stephens-Howling must prove he's healthy following ACL surgery. If he's the only one who returns, the Steelers would seek to bolster the position through free agency or the draft, the report said.


Le'Veon Bell gives himself a B-plus for rookie year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who set a franchise rookie record with 1,259 yards from scrimmage in just 13 games, gave himself a B-plus when asked to grade his 2013 season.

"I think I had a pretty good rookie season, especially with the foot injury and hurting my knee at the beginning of the year," he told CBS Sports Radio. "Just learning and continuing to get better, that's all I want to do."


Le'Veon Bell 'the total package'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell turned out to be "everything the Steelers hoped when they spent a No. 2 pick on him last April -- a three-down back who can run it, catch it, protect the quarterback," according to the team's website. "He’s athletic and a tough guy when necessary. The total package."

Bell set a franchise rookie record with 1,259 yards from scrimmage and ended the season on a three-game scoring streak.


Le'Veon Bell to get boost with new OL coach


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/24/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell should benefit with the addition of new offensive line coach Mike Munchak, reports ESPN.

The report says Bell "will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the improvement that should take place up front" with Munchak now on the staff. The Steelers are expected to install a zone blocking scheme under Munchak.

Bell rushed for 860 yards last season despite missing the first three games with a foot injury and broke Franco Harris' Steelers record for yards from scrimmage for a rookie (1,259).


Le'Veon Bell scores again to close out season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell finishes his rookie season on a three-game scoring streak, after he found the end zone yet again in a 20-7 win over the Browns in Week 17.

Bell rushed the ball 20 times for 90 yards in the game, and scored from 5 yards out in the second quarter to give him his eighth touchdown of the season. He added one catch for 6 yards.

Bell received plenty of carries as a rookie, making up for his somewhat disappointing lack of big plays. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry, but still racked up 860 yards on the strength of 244 carries. He also added 45 receptions for 399 yards, pushing him over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a rookie.  


Le'Veon Bell looking to close rookie season strong


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Coming off the best game of his career, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will look to finish the season on a high note in Week 17 against the Browns.

Bell rushed for 124 yards in Week 16, a career-high mark. He had his third-best game against this same Browns team in Week 12, when he rushed for 80 yards on 23 carries, while adding 18 yards on two receptions.

The Browns have been solid overall against the run recently, allowing just two touchdowns over the last eight games; opposing backs are averaging just 15.5 Fantasy points per game in that span.

Bell is sure to get a solid workload moving forward, having received at least 20 touches in each of the last eight games. Given that workload, Bell should remain a solid starting Fantasy option, regardless of matchup in Week 17.  


Le'Veon Bell runs for career-best 124 yards in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell did more Sunday than become the first 100-yard rusher for the Steelers this season. He overcame a critical fumble to lead his team to its fourth win in six games and keep the hope of a .500 season alive.

Bell muffed one for the first time in his young career in the middle of the third quarter, giving Green Bay the ball on the shadow of the Pittsburgh goal line and eventually resulting in a touchdown that handed the Packers a 21-17 lead.

He made up for it, however, with some brilliant running thereafter and capped his finest perrformance of the year with a 1-yard, game-winning scoring plunge with 1:28 remaining.

Bell finished with 124 yards on a workmanlike 26 carries and added one catch for 5 yards. His 4.8 YPC was his best since Week 7 against Baltimore - the third game of his career.

He and his teammates will seek to secure their eighth victory in the last 12 against visiting Cleveland in Week 17.


Will Le'Veon Bell finally have a 100-yard rushing performance?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has achieved a lot during his rookie season, but one thing he hasn't checked off his list has been a 100-yard rushing performance. A Week 16 showdown against the Packers presents as good as any opportunity for Bell to finally produce his first 100-yard rushing game.

Running backs are averaging 111.1 rushing yards per game against Green Bay. In fact, that average has been much higher the last seven games, as running backs have averaged 150.9 rushing yards. The Packers have allowed a running back to surpass 100 rushing yards six times, with DeMarco Murray being the latest running back in Week 15.

Running backs are also averaging 40.7 receiving yards and 19.3 Fantasy points per week, while totaling 11 rushing touchdowns in 14 games.

Bell has totaled at least 10 Fantasy points in six games, including two of the last three. He's averaging 12 Fantasy points per game in the last eight weeks. This is a great matchup for Bell, so make sure to keep him active in all Fantasy formats.