We continue the trek throughout the Pittsburgh Steelers 90-man offseason roster with running back Le'Veon Bell. Can Bell return from another injury to his 2014 form?
Player: Le'Veon Bell
School: Michigan State
Le'Veon Bell has quickly established himself as one of the premiere backs in the NFL. In only three years Bell has become a fan favorite while demonstrating that he can carry the load and be a workhorse NFL back. After his rookie season, Bell committed to serious off season conditioning and was rewarded by having a stellar 2014 campaign.
Before his season-ending knee injury in 2015, Bell was being heavily relied upon during Ben Roethlisberger's absence, and he largely came through as shown by his touchdown run with time expiring against the Chargers. A very patient runner, Bell is capable of putting the moves on a defender that tries to tackle him. As if this wasn't enough, Bell is a tremendous receiver out of the backfield or even lined up in the slot.
When healthy he is a once in a generation type of talent. Unfortunately, Bell has yet to play a full season. Due to injury Bell hasn't played in any of the playoff games of the last two years. He has suffered two serious knee injuries thus far in his career, something that does not usually bode well for running backs. He also was suspended two games in 2015 for being arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. All reports seem to indicate that Bell is progressing nicely and should be ready for opening day. However, there have been more whispers about another suspension for a missed drug test. Bell has denied any truth being behind those rumors but who knows for sure? Bell is entering a contract year as an added incentive to rehab strong to earn a big pay day.
Pushes the pile forward
Been suspended for marijuana already
Has trouble creating room against top rush defenses
No breakaway speed
Is bad at rapping, should leave it to the pros
Chances of Making the team: 100%