Todd Haley Says Sunday Was A ‘Real Good Start’ For Le’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell made is NFL debut Sunday in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings and offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Wednesday following practice he was pleased with what he saw out of the Michigan State product in the game.

“I thought Le’Veon, for the time that he’s been out, that that was a real good start,” Haley said. “He made some plays for us. I thought our screen game improved with him in there, he made a couple of attitude-type runs, you know running over the safety, carrying some backers with him.

“So overall, again, missing a ton of time and really not have seeing a whole bunch, other than the first week and a half of training camp, I thought that was a real good start and we’re excited about what he was able to give us in the game.”

Bell registered 74 yards off offense against the Vikings via 16 rushes and four receptions. He also scored the Steelers first two rushing touchdowns of the season to boot.

Bell, who was reportedly limited this week in practice after playing 60 snaps against the Vikings, figures to again get a heavy workload against the New York Jets a week from Sunday as the Steelers look to notch their first win of the 2013 season.

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  • Matt Searls

    If this season is going to be saved then bell needs to become a monster.

  • r4kolb

    Saved by the Bell!! He did look good. Just think if the O line gets their act together. Could it be Colbert hit on a #2 pick. Wow. 10-6.

  • Anthony Renzelli

    That’s a tough question. I’d rather them go 6-10 than 4-12 or 8-8. They would still get a high draft pick but without the pressure of a top 5 pick

  • Mike Carroll

    Don’t give up on Haley or Ben! These guys are totally on the same page and it’s obvious Haley understands the importance of letting Ben generate chunk plays in the WR passing game (unlike last year). Bell is the missing ingredient that helps make the team better at the line of scrimmage, running the ball and screens. Because of him they no longer need to try to fabricate a short yardage game with the excessive WR dink and dunk as they tried last season. Instead, they are being unleashed downfield where they belong.

    They took their lumps while Bell was out, but I think we will see the combination of Bell short, Heath middle, and receivers downfield become a fairly explosive offense for the team moving forward. Really like where the offense is headed.

  • Mike Carroll

    I’ll take 6-10 out of those three choices. But, I am still hoping for 9-7 and winning the AFC North.

  • Busforever

    I would be happy with a team fighting to win every game no matter what, because this is how this game should be played.

  • cencalsteeler

    It’s a breath of fresh air to finally see a back on our roster who has vision.