As the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New England Patriots in Week 1, and defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, it was Le'Veon Bell who had to sit and watch his team play without him. It was Bell who had to watch teammate DeAngelo Williams rush for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in his stead. And it was Bell who had to think about his transgressions from August 2014, when he was arrested for a DUI and possession of marijuana, which landed him suspended the first two weeks.
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Nonetheless, the day has come for Bell to return to the Steelers, and Bell had a statement to make. It wasn't made through the local or national media, but through social media. Bell composed two Tweets, and although on the surface it doesn't look like much is said, his comments speak volumes.
9-27-15...— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) September 21, 2015
Juice....is....loose #Juice @NFL pic.twitter.com/VwvQ252pXz— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) September 21, 2015
For those who might not know why Bell would tweet out the date of September 27th, that would be the date of the Steelers next game against the St. Louis Rams. The first time Bell will appear in the 2015 regular season, and the first time Bell gets to show the Steelers Nation just how he plans to impact an already lethal offense.
Regardless of how well Williams played in the first two weeks, there isn't a running back who is capable of doing what Bell does on a week-to-week basis. Bell is a mismatch problem for opposing defenses both as a running back and a receiver. Bell's speed and agility make him elusive from the backfield, and his precise route running capabilities prove just how versatile he is on any given play.
The thought of Bell joining an offense as prolific as the one which tallied 43 points in Week 2 is certainly enough to make any Steelers fan giddy with excitement.
Williams will still be a big part of the team, and get his touches on offense, but on Sunday when the Steelers play the Rams, the Juice will be set loose for the first time this season. Get your popcorn ready.