Stephens-Howling must prove he's healthy following ACL surgery. If he's the only one who returns, the Steelers would seek to bolster the position through free agency or the draft, the report said.
"I think I had a pretty good rookie season, especially with the foot injury and hurting my knee at the beginning of the year," he told CBS Sports Radio. "Just learning and continuing to get better, that's all I want to do."
Bell set a franchise rookie record with 1,259 yards from scrimmage and ended the season on a three-game scoring streak.
The report says Bell "will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the improvement that should take place up front" with Munchak now on the staff. The Steelers are expected to install a zone blocking scheme under Munchak.
Bell rushed for 860 yards last season despite missing the first three games with a foot injury and broke Franco Harris' Steelers record for yards from scrimmage for a rookie (1,259).
Bell rushed the ball 20 times for 90 yards in the game, and scored from 5 yards out in the second quarter to give him his eighth touchdown of the season. He added one catch for 6 yards.
Bell received plenty of carries as a rookie, making up for his somewhat disappointing lack of big plays. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry, but still racked up 860 yards on the strength of 244 carries. He also added 45 receptions for 399 yards, pushing him over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a rookie.
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