Report: Steelers Think RB Le\’Veon Bell Is The Next Version Of Bears RB Matt Forte

In the latest segment of Inside the Huddle, John Clayton of ESPN said that the Pittsburgh Steelers consider running back Le\’Veon Bell to be the next Matt Forte, who currently plays for the Chicago Bears.

“John Elway believes he may have drafted the next Terrell Davis with his selection of Montee Ball in the second round, but the Steelers think that they have the next version of Matt Forte, and their happy about it,” said Clayton.

“Le\’Veon Bell, the Steelers second round choice, displayed the potential of being a thousand yard runner during last weeks mini camp and he also showed the hands of a fifty plus reception back, making him an all-purpose option for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.”

Bell measured in at that combine back in February at 6013, 230 pounds and, according to Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, he showed up at rookie camp last weekend at 234. Forte, however, was considerably lighter when he measured in at 6013, 217 pounds at the 2008 combine.

In his first five seasons in the league, Forte has rushed for 5,327 yards and 26 touchdowns on 1,262 attempts. In addition to that, the Tulane product has also registered 2,325 yards receiving and another nine touchdowns on 267 receptions.

Forte has had his injury concerns the last two seasons, however. In 2011 he missed time late in the season due to a sprained knee and in 2012, even though he only missed one game, he missed a lot of playing and practice time due to an ankle injury.

This is not the first time that we have heard people compare Bell to Forte as quite a few scouts have done the very same thing all offseason. Pouncey probably doesn\’t care who he is compared to, as he said on Thursday that he just thinks Bell is going to be exceptional in the Steelers zone blocking scheme.

The Steelers bypassed Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round to select Bell, who they reportedly put through a private workout prior to the draft. Lacy\’s toe fusion surgery reportedly was enough of a medical red flag to the Steelers to avoid him, according to post draft reports. As I pointed out following the draft, Bell and Lacy will forever be measured against one another for the rest of their careers by Steelers fans as a result of that decision.

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  • Fu-Schnickens

    My gawd…what’s with that porn background music?!?! Awful!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Lmfao! I thought it to be more like elevator music!

  • Mike.H

    WHUT?!!! if they’d wanted Matt Forte, 5 yrs ago, they picked Mendenhall over Forte. A second chance in 2013??

  • 2443scott

    i liked lacy and what i saw on tape but i didnt know he had that toe prob and i know steelers didnt want to have to come back in 2 years for another starting running back so i can see why they took bell and i think in long run it was a good pick ..i dont want to hear the hype of all the steeler picks from this year i want to see the work till season starts not sitting out and waiting for the pay check again and i want some these steelers to shut up and if they want to talk go talk it out with there team mate and get on same page start team building not talk up or down a team mate on news ….we all want the picks to be the ones some will some wont but till then pull together as a team then work on the team so when season starts everyones in right frame of mind and has each others backs ..last season the wr`s had to deal with wallace cause he wasnt doing his job and they felt they had to do more but the more was less cause they didnt have the right frame of mind it was throw to me i can catch it and not to other guy …lets say throw it to me if i am open if not give it to guys who is open and i get it next time ..now that be right frame of mind ……bell will do his job then like everyone else and we will have our 1000 yd back this year

  • $19122620

    Hopefully the next version of Forte without the yearly injuries and with a better conversion rate at the goal line and in short yardage, haha! Defintely two areas of Fortes game we could do without. Other than that, Fortes game is a pretty much above average.

  • steeltown

    Forte is a beast.. but he was injured often, mainly because they overused him and I hope the Steelers don’t do the same with Bell

    Forte accounted for over 50-60% of their offense a few yrs back. Forte has carried the ball 250-300 times and was targeted 60-70times in the passing game every season.. that’s a lot of balls and a lot of hits. I do hope Bell is a an all around 3down back, but I hope they don’t overuse him. You have 3or4RB’s on roster for a reason.. use Dwyer and/or Stephens-Howling to spell Bell every once in awhile

  • Pete

    In 5 years only 3 seasons of 1000+ yds? Forte is the poor mans Chris Johnson, Ray Rice! Mendenhall only had 2 seasons of 1000+. Mendenhall was a bum. Willie Parker had 3 seasons of 1000+ and he would’ve had 4 had he not suffered the broken leg and he was never the same. Chris Johnson, 5 seasons; Ray Rice 4 seasons of 1000+.

    I agree with you. The Steelers left Johnson and Rice on the board. In 2005 the Steelers took Bryant McFadden at #62 and the 49ers took Gore at #65 and his numbers are excellent. Lets hope and pray that Bell isn’t another mistake and will be better than Fast Willie and put up consistently good numbers.

  • Crazy Bone

    Bell is bigger and slower than Forte. I think the Steelers are kidding themselves if they think they drafted an elite running back.

  • Henry

    Also, Lacy had a much better Online blocking for him than Bell did. And Bell still had more yards on the ground.

  • $19122620

    Yeah, I am a Forte fan, just wished he was a better goal line back. Especially when I have him on some of my fantasy teams, haha! I do love how good he is out of the backfield though, and I hope that Bell can be very effective in that area too. I really want the Steelers to have a three down, workhorse back. Like Forte, Foster, Rice, Richardson. I like those guys a lot and really would like to have a Steeler play worth having on a fantasy team.