By now, Steelers fans are used to hearing about a rejuvenated running game in the Spring. They're used to being told "this is the year".
The Steelers finished a deplorable 27th in rushing yardage for 2013, marking a serious low point for the artist formerly known as "Steeler football", and completing a dramatic fall down the rushing charts in the past three years.
This time however, there is genuinely a lot to get excited about. With the no-huddle offense gaining momentum, the Steelers have acquired a very strong stable of runners with which to implement it.
Le'veon Bell is the versatile back, a powerful yet elusive runner who can catch and block with equal aplomb. LeGarrette Blount is the smash mouth, old-school power back brought in to share carries with Bell and grind down the defense, and Dri Archer is the flashy speed demon, drafted in the third round to make game-changing plays.
Well, that's what they were billed as.
Le'veon Bell, moving into his second year, is continuing to improve as a receiver and a runner. Per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been impressed so far.