With Big Ben out, Le'Veon Bell ready to pound the rock vs. Pats
Le'Veon Bell is ready to carry the load for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell, who had just 10 carries for 53 yards in last week's loss to the Dolphins, wants Pittsburgh
Le'Veon Bell is ready to carry the load for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bell, who had just 10 carries for 53 yards in last week's loss to the Dolphins, wants Pittsburgh to pound the rock more this Sunday against the Patriots, especially with Ben Roethlisberger being ruled out with a torn meniscus.
"If we run the rock, I'm going to deal with it," Bell told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "Sometimes, the offensive line likes running the ball. When they feel they want to dominate up front, I'm always ready."
Bell has been a workhorse since coming back from his three-game suspension and the MCL injury he suffered midway through the 2015 season. He has 440 yards from scrimmage in the past three games that includes 20 catches for 177 yards, as Bell was the team's leading receiver this past Sunday in Miami. He said that the team's offense is at their best when the run sets up the pass.
Last season, in Landry Jones' first career start at Kansas City, Bell gained 121 yards but had just 17 carries, as Jones was perhaps asked to do a little too much against the Chiefs' defense. This Sunday, with Landry slated to start expect Bell, expect the Steelers to try to establish the run early while helping Jones settle into a groove against a Patriots' 18th ranked pass defense.
Despite ranking just 15th in the NFL in rushing, Pittsburgh is averaging 4.5 yards per carry thus far. And, with DeAngelo Williams, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Karlos Williams behind Bell, the Steelers have arguably the best stable of running backs in the NFL, and may go back to a smash mouth offensive attack while Big Ben is on the mend.
And while Bell expects to get a heavy dose of carries against New England's top-10 rush defense, Bell is willing to do whatever it takes to beat New England while getting to 5-2 heading into the Steelers' bye week.
"I'm not a guy who always complains or talks about getting carries" Bell said. "I just want to go out there and win the game."
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