RB LeVeon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-2, 230||Born: 2-18-1992||College: Michigan State||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Wed Feb 1): is being viewed as a long-term asset to the Steelers, according to owner Art Rooney. Rooney said the Steelers are looking at Bell from a long-term view as opposed to simply placing the franchise tag on their star running back. Rooney added that he believes Bell has grown from his suspensions. Bell is still assessing his options to determine if he needs offseason groin surgery. "I'm kind of in the process of seeing a couple of doctors, seeing if I have to get surgery or not," Bell said. "I'm hoping for the best, but I understand it's a tough game. If I don't get surgery, I go into the rehab process, work hard, get back to how I was last year, or actually, better. I'm going to take it from there."
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs NE (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell only received 6 touches as he exited the game early with a groin injury. Late 1st quarter, Bell ran a routine handoff up the middle and was stopped at the line of scrimmage. Bell was slow to get up and left the game immediately. Bell remained on the sideline for the remainder of the series and the next offensive series as DeAngelo Williams assumed RB duties. Bell returned to the game for one play during the 2nd quarter for a 2-yard rush. During post-game interviews, Bell said that he struggled with accelerating and felt he was causing the team more harm than good if he had remained in the game.
2016 Week 19 vs KC (30 / 170 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / -4 / 0 rec)
Once again, it was a Leveon Bell day as the Steelers RB rushed the ball 30 times for 170 yards, a 5.7 average/per rush attempt. The offensive line was able to control the line of scrimmage as Bell had plenty of room to maneuver. Bell ran with his signature patience and fought for additional yardage. For the second week in a row, he was not a focus in the passing game as he finished with only 2 receptions. Late 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 9, Bell ran off the right tackle and followed his blockers for a 17-yard gain. Bell cracked the 100-yard mark with 2 minutes left in the half. Bell started off the 3rd quarter with a 38-yard gain, his longest run of the day. On the play, Bell ran up the middle before cutting to the left sideline for the long gain. After the Steelers built a lead, they leaned on Bell during the second half.
2016 Week 18 vs MIA (29 / 167 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell's first playoff game was one to remember as he set a new franchise record with 167 rushing yards. Bell ran with patience before attacking the defense and falling forward for extra yardage on most his carries. Bell set the tone early on the first play from scrimmage by running a draw up the middle for an 11-yard gain. After the Steelers got a lead, the offense revolved around LeVeon Bell. The Steelers third possession was dominated by Bell, who ran the ball on every play of a 10-play 83-yard touchdown drive. Bell ran through massive holes and fought for every possible yard. The longest play of the drive was a 26-yard run off the left tackle for what appeared to be a touchdown. After Bell's elbow was ruled down at the 1-yard line, he scored a touchdown two plays later. On the handoff, Bell hesitated and then ran up the middle crossing the plane before contact pushed him back. Bell kept the momentum during the second half and started off with a 15-yard run up the middle. On the play, Bell patiently waited for a hole to develop before bursting through it for the first down. A couple of plays later, Bell ran around the left side of the line and down the left sideline for a 26-yard gain. Late 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 5, Bell ran a draw off the left side of the line for his second touchdown. On the play, Bell patiently waited for the hole to develop as he ran untouched for the score.
2016 Week 16 vs BAL (20 / 122 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)
LeVeon Bell had another impressive performance with 137 total yards and 2 TDS. The Steelers offensive line did a remarkable job creating space for Bell to run against a stout defensive front. Bell ran with patience and focus throughout the game. He grinded out yards during the first half but the Steelers were only able to come away with 7 points. Early 4th quarter, Bell ran for a 7-yard TD. On the play, Bell ran a delayed handoff around the left side of the line for the score. He showed excellent vision on the play as he understood how the play was going to break down. The Steelers went right back to Bell on the first play of the next series as he cut back to the right sideline for a 23-yard gain. Two plays later, Bell ran up the middle for a 13-yard gain. He capped off the drive with a 7-yard TD reception. On the play, Bell caught a screen pass and refused to be tackled as he carried multiple Ravens defenders over the goal line.
2016 Week 15 vs CIN (23 / 93 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
After rushing for the most yards (236 yards) in Steelers team history last week, Bell didn't have a lot of room to run early in the game. In the first half, Bell only had 7 rushing attempts for 29 yards. He patiently grinded out yards as the game wore on to finish just shy of 100 rushing yards. Bell was once again a dual-threat weapon in the passing game with 131 total yards.
2016 Week 14 vs BUF (38 / 236 / 3 rush, 5 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Bell was a man among boys in Buffalo. On many touches he looked to be bottled up, only to burst out of a crowd for extra yardage. He was dragging tackles and bursting out of his hop-step hesitation running style with confidence on the snowy turf. Bell's touchdowns were easy and in the second half, he was almost the entire Steelers offense. Bell is playing as well as he has in his career, with his fourth straight 100-yard game, and that's saying something considering what his first four years in the league have shown us.
2016 Week 13 vs NYG (29 / 118 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell was once again the workhorse for the Steelers with 182 total yards. This was Bell's 3rd consecutive 100-yard rushing performance. The team started the game by putting the ball in Bell's hands on the first 4 plays from scrimmage. It took some time to bend the Giants defense but on the Steelers kept giving Bell opportunities. Mid 1st quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and followed his blockers running for a 21-yard gain. Late 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 16, Bell caught a screen pass and ran for a 14-yard gain to set up a Steelers field goal. Mid 3rd quarter, Bell ran a draw up the middle before fumbling the ball away. As Bell was being group tackled, he lost control of the ball before his knee touched the ground. On the next series, Bell ran a draw patiently up the middle and refused to be tackled picking up a 12-yard gain. The Steelers kept the ball on the ground in the 4th quarter and Bell delivered. Mid 4th quarter, Bell ran a toss to the right before patiently cutting back up the middle and eventually down the right sideline for a 19-yard gain. Bell followed that up on the next play with a 12-yard gain off the right tackle.
2016 Week 12 vs IND (23 / 120 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell was once again the workhorse for the Steelers. Bell had 27 touches for 142 yards and 1 touchdown. On the Steelers second offensive play from scrimmage, Bell took the handoff and followed a cut-block from his fullback. Bell cutback to his left and high-stepped for a 10-yard gain. A few plays later 2nd and goal, Bell ran a draw around the left side of the line for a 5-yard touchdown run. On the play, Bell showed patience allowing his blocks to set up then bouncing the run to the left sideline for the touchdown. Late 1st quarter, Bell took a delayed handoff around the right side of the line for a 12-yard gain. A couple of plays later, Bell ran a draw and followed terrific blocking to the right sideline for a 12-yard gain. Early 3rd quarter, Bell continued to pound away on the ground while adding 10-yard and 5-yard receptions. Early 4th quarter on a 3rd and 4, Bell ran up the middle before patiently bouncing it to the right sideline for a 9-yard gain.
2016 Week 11 vs CLE (28 / 146 / 1 rush, 9 / 8 / 55 / 0 rec)
It was a LeVeon Bell day. Bell put the team on his shoulders and delivered a phenomenal performance of 36 touches for 201 total yards and 1 touchdown. Bell averaged 5.2 yards/per rush on the ground and 6.9 yards/per reception. Early 1st quarter on the Steelers 2nd play from scrimmage, Bell set the tone with a cutback for an 8-yard first down gain. A few plays later, Bell caught a screen pass and ran around the right side of the line for a 19-yard gain. He followed that up with a 12-yard run through the middle of the line. Two plays later, Bell caught another screen pass and ran for an 8-yard gain around the left side of the line before fumbling the ball out of bounds. He followed that up catching another screen pass for a 7-yard gain. By the end of the opening drive, Bell had accounted for 45 rushing yards with 34 receiving yards. Early 2nd quarter, Bell ran around the left side of the line for an 11-yard gain. Later in the drive, Bell cutback to the left and exploded through the hole for a 10-yard gain. Late 2nd quarter. Bell ran a draw up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown run to end the first half. The touchdown was possible after the first half was extended due to 2 Browns holding penalties. Bell continued with the heavy workload during the second half. Late 3rd quarter, Bell ran off the right tackle for a 11-yard gain.
2016 Week 10 vs DAL (17 / 57 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 77 / 1 rec)
LeVeon Bell was the centerpiece of the Steelers offensive attack with 26 touches for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Early 1st quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and ran for a 12-yard gain. A few plays after on 3rd and goal, Bell lined up on the right side and ran a quick slant for a 2-yard touchdown reception. Mid 1st quarter, Bell ran a cutback off the right side of the line for a 16-yard gain. He followed that up with a patient 8-yard gain before being tackled at the 1-yard line. Early 2nd quarter, Bell ran off the right side of the line and fumbled as he was being tackled. Fortunately for the Steelers, the ball went out of bounds and did not change possession. During the next series, Bell cutback and patiently ran up the middle for a 11-yard gain. Late 2nd quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and ran for a 15-yard gain. Late 2nd quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and spun off a defender before running to the right sideline for a 13-yard gain. Mid 4th quarter, Bell ran off the right side of the line for a 1-yard touchdown run. On the play, Bell stretched the ball over the plane for the score as he was being tackled. Late 4th quarter, Bell lined up wide right and caught a quick slant for a 23-yard reception.
2016 Week 9 vs BAL (14 / 32 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell struggled with 14 rushing attempts for 32 yards. Bell could not get to the second level of defense as he was often contained at or around the line of scrimmage on his rushing attempts. The Steelers remained committed to running the ball during the second half, even though it was not working. Bell did contribute in the passing game with 6 receptions for 38 yards. Late 1st quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and ran for a 10-yard gain. Bell also converted some short receptions late in the 4th quarter. Bell still does not have a touchdown this season.
2016 Week 7 vs NE (21 / 81 / 0 rush, 13 / 10 / 68 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell was once again the centerpiece of the Steelers offense with 31 touches for 149 total yards. Mid 2nd quarter, Bell ran a draw around the left side of the line before juking a defender and spinning while carrying another defender for a 12-yard gain. Late 2nd quarter, the Steelers leaned on Bell with an 8-yard run followed up with 2 screen-passes for 10 and 7 yard receptions. A few plays later, Bell caught another screen pass and split the Patriot defender up the middle for a 22-yard reception. Early 3rd quarter, Bell ran a toss around the right side of the line for a 11-yard gain. A couple of plays later, Bell ran a draw up the middle for a 9-yard gain.
2016 Week 6 vs MIA (10 / 53 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell was once again the centerpiece of the Steelers offense with 16 touches for 108 total yards. On an early 2-point attempt, Bell lined up wide and ran a rub-route. He managed to get open after his defender was picked by Xavier Grimble. Bell jumped up and brought down the high pass to convert the 2-point attempt. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 1, Bell ran up the middle exploding through the hole for a 13-yard gain. Late 2nd quarter, Bell patiently followed his blocker up the middle for a 12-yard gain. Late 4th quarter on a 3rd and 10, Bell caught a screen pass and ran to the left sideline for an 18-yard reception.
2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (20 / 66 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 88 / 0 rec)
LeVeon Bell was the centerpiece of the Steelers offense with 154 total yards. Bell ran with patience behind his injured offensive line grinding out tough yards. Bell often lined up on the outside and made an impact in the short passing game with 9 receptions for 88 yards. Early 2nd quarter, Bell caught a swing-pass and attacked the defender rather than running out of bounds for a 12-yard gain. Mid 4th quarter, Bell caught a swing pass and ran to the right sideline for a 16-yard gain. There is absolutely no running back controversy in Pittsburgh as Bell totaled 29 touches as compared to 1 touch for DeAngelo Williams.
2016 Week 4 vs KC (18 / 144 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Le'Veon Bell returned from a 3 game suspension and was in top form as a dual-threat weapon. Bell ran with patience behind his line often grinding out additional yardage. Bell was a factor in the passing game being split out wide throughout the game. Early 3rd quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and following his blockers for a 17-yard gain. Mid 3rd quarter, Bell waited for his blockers to set up before exploding through the hole on a 19-yard gain. Mid 4th quarter, Bell ran a draw around the left side of the line, juked a defender, and found the left sideline for a 44-yard gain.
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