When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, it was believed he was the favorite to be the team’s starting RB this season. Entering Saturday’s preseason opener vs. the New York Giants, it was expected this would be the first chance for him to reinforce that belief, but he was a late scratch due ti a minor knee injury.
Bell now expects to make his NFL debut in next Monday night’s preseason game between the Steelers and the Washington Redskins.
A solid training camp has put Bell in position to beat out Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer for the starting running back job. He can win the spot with strong performances in the next couple of preseason games. During his final season at Michigan State, Bell recorded 382 carries for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Bell, though, is clearly the most talented running back the Steelers have. The real drama at running back is who will be backing up Bell. The Steelers might not keep both Redman and Dwyer, so maybe the Steelers are keeping Bell out tonight to get a better look at those two.
LaRod Stephens-Howling and Baron Batch are also battling for spots on the roster.