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RB LeVeon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-2, 230Born: 2-18-1992College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Fri Feb 2): was asked on Twitter if he would sign with the New York Jets for $60 million, and Bell's response was, "that ain't enough to come run with the Jets..." For perspective, Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman's five-year, $41.25-million extension made him the highest-paid back in football.

General News (Thu Jan 25): said the Steelers have set an artificial deadline for the two sides to reach a long-term agreement. The Steelers would like an agreement before Feb. 20, which is the first day that teams can place the franchise tag on a player. Bell said the two sides could continue to negotiate after that date if nothing is agreed to in the next few weeks.

General News (Wed Jan 24): has already been given a contract extension offer. Bell said both parties are a lot closer than last year's extension efforts.

General News (Tue Jan 23): Impending free-agent Le'Veon Bell could be a target for the Oakland Raiders, according to The MMQB's Peter King.

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19 vs JAX 78 16 67 1 13 9 88 1 0 27.5

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs JAX (16 / 67 / 1 rush, 13 / 9 / 88 / 1 rec)

LeVeon Bell finished with 155 total yards and two touchdowns. With the Steelers falling behind 21-0 early in the game, Bell didn't have an opportunity to shine on the ground with only 16 rushing attempts. Bell did most of his damage quickly running up-the-middle often gaining chunks of yardage. Bell was a major factor in the short passing game as he was able to keep the chains moving. On the first possession of the third quarter, Bell lined up out wide and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Bell displayed great concentration coming down with the reception while bobbling the ball in tight coverage. Late fourth quarter, Bell caught a lateral and quickly accelerated for an 8-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 16 vs HOU (14 / 69 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)

After the Steelers built an early lead, Leveon Bell was the focal point of the Steelers offensive attack as he finished with 19 touches for 97 total yards and one touchdown. Late third quarter, Bell ran a draw up the middle as he made a quick cut before diving for a 10-yard touchdown. Bell has now amassed 406 touches this season, the second most in franchise history.

2017 Week 15 vs NE (24 / 117 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell was the centerpiece of the Steelers offensive attack with 29 touches for 165 total yards. Bell ran strong as he gashed the Patriots defense to the tune of 4.9 yards per rush. The running back was also a factor in the short passing game continuing to move the chains. After Antonio Brown left due to injury, the offensive game plan ran through Bell. Late third quarter on second and goal, Bell patiently ran a draw around the left side for a three-yard touchdown run. On the play, Bell waited for the Patriots safety to over-pursue than quickly hit the hole and dashed toward the goal line.

2017 Week 14 vs BAL (13 / 48 / 2 rush, 10 / 9 / 77 / 1 rec)

Leveon Bell led the charge as he finished with 125 total yards and three total touchdowns. Mid first quarter, Bell lined up on the outside as he ran a quick slant and then shook off the initial defender for a 20-yard touchdown reception. Early second quarter after the Ravens committed a pass interference penalty in the end zone, Bell patiently ran up-the-middle for his second touchdown of the game. Bell limped off the field during the second quarter after a low tackle but returned promptly for the next offensive series. Late 4th quarter on a 3rd and 1, Bell took the handoff and patiently danced around the right side of the line before bouncing it to the outside sideline for an 11-yard touchdown run, his third touchdown of the game. Bell has now recorded the most scrimmage yards by any NFL player in league history through their first 60 games.

2017 Week 13 vs CIN (18 / 76 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 106 / 1 rec)

Bell, much like the rest of the Steelers offense, had a slow start against Cincinnati before sparking a comeback victory. It was not until later in the second quarter Bell found room to operate, splashing for a 33-yard reception as Pittsburgh finally got on the board with a field goal. In the second half, Bell exhibited his trademark patience at the line of scrimmage as the Pittsburgh offensive line opened more holes than the opening half. Bell posted two notable runs of 10 or more yards when for multiple seconds there appeared to be little available. On one of the big plays of the game, Bell caught an outlet reception and tight-roped down the sideline. A Cincinnati defender let him go as Bell was close to the sideline. However, the whistle did not blow and Bell managed to stay in bounds to turn the moderate gain into a long touchdown. Outside of a handful of chunk gains on the ground, the Bengals held Bell in check as runner. It was through the air where Cincinnati had no answer for Bell as he caught at least five passes for the fourth straight game. Bell faces a Baltimore defense next week who has allowed the fewest running back receptions in the NFL on the season and is the only team yet to allow a receiving touchdown to a running back.

2017 Week 12 vs GB (20 / 95 / 0 rush, 14 / 12 / 88 / 0 rec)

Bell touched the ball 32 times Sunday night, gutting the Green Bay run defense on a regular basis and getting targeted more in the passing game than even Antonio Brown did. Bell ran hard, breaking tackles, running over defenders and plain old outrunning guys on most downs. If there was one hiccup for Bell during the game it was a fumble on the first series of the fourth quarter. Bell was trying to gain extra yards and was carrying multiple Packers when one of them stripped the ball from him. Luckily it didn't factor into the game, as the Packers went three and out on the next series.

2017 Week 11 vs TEN (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 57 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with 12 rushes for 46 yards as he didn't have much room to run. The Titans defensive game plan was focused on stopping the running game. Bell was more of a factor with the passing game as he registered nine receptions for 57 yards. Early third quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and turned it up the right sideline for a 14-yard gain. Late third quarter, Bell had an 8-yard touchdown run reversed as it was confirmed that his knee was down before the ball crossed the plane of the end zone. Bell lost five carries to James Conner as the Steelers coaching staff intended to give the starting running back a few less carries due to the short week.

2017 Week 10 vs IND (26 / 80 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with 26 rushing attempts for 80 yards. He added five receptions for 32 yards in the passing game. Bell was often met at or around the line of scrimmage by Colts defenders. The Steelers were persistent and kept putting the ball in the running back's hands throughout the game. The team is now 6-0 this season when Bell has at least 25 touches.

2017 Week 8 vs DET (25 / 76 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with 27 touches for 81 total yards and one touchdown. Bell took what the defense would give him throughout the game. Late 2nd quarter, Bell ran a draw up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. On the play, Bell showed his patience by letting his blocks develop before hitting the hole. Late second quarter on a 3rd and 1, Bell fumbled the ball on the Lions 21-yard line taking expected points before halftime off the board. On the play, Bell was grabbed on his left arm as he lost control of the football.

2017 Week 7 vs CIN (35 / 134 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell was the workhorse with 38 touches for 192 total yards. The offensive line was able to open holes and Bell followed his blockers to perfection. Bell was a force both on the ground and in the air. Late second quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and weaved through three Bengals defenders for a 42-yard reception. On the play, Bell delivered a brutal stiff arm to Dre Kirkpatrick before cutting across the field to the left sideline. The offense leaned on Bell during the second half as they kept the ball away from the Bengals offense.

2017 Week 6 vs KC (32 / 179 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell was a workhorse finishing with 32 rushing attempts for 179 yards and one touchdown. The Steelers leaned on the run after the Chiefs defensive scheme often showed a nickel formation (four down linemen with two linebackers) during the first-half. Solid run-blocking allowed Bell to get to the second level and pick up chunks of yardage throughout the game. On the first play of the second quarter, Bell received a handoff and ran up the middle for a three-yard touchdown run. On the play, Bell did a great job keeping his legs churning and fighting his way into the end zone. Late second quarter, Bell ran off the left tackle for a 17-yard gain before being tackled at the two-yard line.

2017 Week 5 vs JAX (15 / 47 / 0 rush, 10 / 10 / 46 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with only 15 rush attempts for 47 yards, good for 3.1 yards per carry. Run-blocking was inconsistent as the offensive line struggled to open holes unlike they did last week versus the Ravens. When Bell was in space, he ran hard and picked up small chunks of yardage. He was a major factor in the short passing game with ten receptions for 46 yards. Bell had four opportunities in the red zone and was tackled on the two-yard line on a short pass reception early in the third quarter.

2017 Week 4 vs BAL (35 / 144 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell dominated with 35 rushes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the focus of the short passing game finishing as the Steelers leading receiver with four receptions for 42 yards. The game plan was to feature Bell, who started the first offensive series with five straight offensive touches. Bell worked well with his offensive line by following his blocks and eating up chunks of yardage. The Steelers won the game in the trenches and Bell reaped the rewards. Late second quarter on a first and goal, Bell ran a draw up the middle for a one-yard touchdown run. Late fourth quarter Bell grinded away at the clock and scored his second touchdown of the afternoon. On the play, Bell took the handoff and patiently followed his blocks around the right side of the line for the one-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 3 vs CHI (15 / 61 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

The Steelers rushing game did not produce to their standards for the third consecutive game. The offensive line has not been opening running lanes to help Leveon Bell gain chunks of yardage. Bell has remained a factor in the passing game with 6 receptions for 37 yards. Bell scored his first touchdown of the season midway through the third quarter when he took a draw up the middle of a one-yard touchdown run. On the play, Bell kept working and crossed the goal line with a strong second effort.

2017 Week 2 vs MIN (27 / 87 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)

After finishing with only 13 touches last week, Le'Veon Bell shook off the rust with 31 touches for 91 total yards in Week 2. Bell was unable to find the open field as he was often met by Vikings defenders just after the line of scrimmage. Late first quarter, Bell patiently ran a draw up the middle for a 11-yard gain, his longest play from scrimmage. Bell received three red zone carries but was unable to find the end zone. He finished the first half with 13 rush attempts for 49 yards. The offense grinded out the clock during the second half on the ground and with the short passing game. Mid fourth quarter, Bell ran up the middle of the defense for a 9-yard gain.

2017 Week 1 vs CLE (10 / 32 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Le'Veon Bell finished with only 13 touches and he did not receive his first touch until the final play of the first quarter. He did not have any room to run on the limited amount of touches that he was given. At halftime, Bell totaled 4 rushes for 8 yards and 1 reception for 6 yards. Bell's timing with Ben Roethlisberger was also off on multiple short passes throughout the game. Mid 3rd quarter, Bell caught a short pass for a 10-yard reception. Bell had rushing opportunities on first and second and goal but came up short of the end zone. Late 4th quarter, Bell finished the game with a 15-yard gain while running off the right tackle.


Latest News

Steelers | Pittsburgh optimistic about Le'Veon Bell (Thu Feb 15, 12:32 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers have been in talks about a potential long-term contract and general manager Kevin Colbert is optimistic that a deal will come to fruition. Colbert said Pittsburgh wants to keep Bell for the rest of his career if possible, but using the franchise tag on Bell again has not been ruled out.

Our View: Bell wants to get paid but he also wants to win and the Steelers are likely the best of both worlds. He's arguably the top running back in the NFL, and almost regardless of where he plays next season, will be one of the first backs taken in fantasy drafts.
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