The Steelers had a 240-pound second-year running back with over 300 touches in 13 games on their roster. Naturally, the best way to compliment that is to add another big running back.
Pittsburgh signed LeGarrette Blount to a two-year deal this offseason, recognizing the two high-level skills Bell has - short-yardage running and a surprisingly fast burst in the zone scheme. For as solid as Bell was his rookie year, he didn't amass his 1,259 all-purpose yards by running well between the tackles.
That's the element Blount will bring this season. He spoke with Steelers.com reporter Teresa Varley as the Steelers continue through Phase One workouts at the team's South Side facility.
"I am hoping to come in here and contribute in some way, give a little more of a tough running style to the offense," Blount told Varley. "Le’Veon (Bell) is a big dude. He is a little taller than I am. I want to give a physical aspect to the running game. Just the whole aspect of me and Le’Veon being together and knowing the things we can do. It’s going to be an exciting time."
Bell is big, but it was obvious even as far back as his college film he's quicker than he is powerful. His impact was made in the passing game, particularly, the no-huddle offense, when his size and quickness could be utilized in the passing game.
Bell is an advanced receiver for this level of experience but still has some work to do in the running game. Blount can bring that skill, giving the Steelers a wide variety of options as far as personnel packages utilizing the skills of both of them.