There isn’t a single player in the league I like watching more than Le’Veon Bell, and I’m not even a Steelers fan. In fact, I hated the Steelers for years until Bell’s rise to stardom over the last three seasons. The guy does everything right – he’s patient, he has raw football intelligence, he’s fast, he moves well, he’s tough, he can handle 30 touches a game, and he has great hands. In short, he’s an all-around star.
Le’Veon has had a prolific career that started with him breaking Franco Harris’s franchise record for yards from scrimmage by a rookie, with 1,259 total yards. Four seasons later, Bell broke the Steelers franchise record for most yards from scrimmage in a player’s first 4 years, with 6,050 yards, despite missing 16 games to injury, and 3 games to a suspension. In the 2016 campaign, he had 1,268 rushing yards, 616 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns in just 12 games. He finished the season 5th in rushing and would have topped the league if he played a full season.
The things about Le’Veon Bell that makes him so dangerous is his ability to turn a broken play into a first down. When Bell is handed the ball, he doesn’t shoot for the gap like most running backs do. Instead, he takes a fraction of a second to let his blocking develop and then he explodes through the opening like a cannonball. If the blocking isn’t there, he will get skinny and dart sideways until there is an opening. Bell also provides the perfect outlet for Big Ben to dump the ball too when his receivers are covered downfield.
Le’Veon Bell is one of the last running backs who can shoulder 30 touches a game. He has dominated his opponents with his rushing and receiving abilities, and in the 2017 season, he will accumulate 1,800 rushing yards, 750 receiving yards, and 22 touchdowns.