When Le'Veon Bell was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, experts and media declared him as the big back the Pittsburgh Steelers have been desiring since Jerome Bettis retired. However, Bell might not be as big as he was when he came out of college. In fact, the main is trimming down.
In Bell's rookie season, his listed weight was 244 pounds. Pretty heavy for a running back that is known for hurdling opponents.
In an interview with Mark Kaboly of TribLive Radio, Bell declared that his current weight is down to around 225 pounds, give or take. That would be the lightest he has been since before his freshman year at Michigan State.
When asked why he decided to cut weight Bell talked about not only making himself faster, but adding an element of explosiveness that he felt his game was missing in 2013.
"Turning an 8 yard gain into a 70 yard gain."
Although Bell admitted that him losing weight was on his own accord, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization has been happy with his conditioning when he reported to camp.
Bell focused on his footwork and conditioning in the offseason and claimed to be in the best shape of his life as he heads into his second training camp of his young career.
Although currently hampered with a groin injury that kept him out of practice Monday, Bell could be expected to be back on the field Wednesday when players return from their day off.
When he does return, fans can expect a slimmer, faster and more explosive Bell carrying the football than they saw in 2013.