Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount Backfield Spotted Wednesday

While it’s not likely to happen a lot in 2014, it’s worth noting that Pittsburgh Steelers had running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both lined up together in the backfield for one play during Wednesday’s practice.

There’s no report as to what other personnel was on the field for that one play, or the formation used, but it’s fun to think about nonetheless.

Last season, the Steelers didn’t use very much 21 or 22 personnel groupings, but when they did, fullback Will Johnson was second back on the field. Johnson, however, will never be considered a threat to carry the football.

For all we know, Blount was just getting a look as a lead blocker for Bell.

In an attempt to get rookie Dri Archer some offensive snaps in 2014, offensive coordinator Todd Haley might consider occasionally lining the third-round draft pick up in the backfield along with either Blount or Bell. Depending on the look and personnel presented at that point by the defense, several play checks would then exist.

Any of you remember the touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller in the 2012 season-opener against the Denver Broncos? If you don’t, below is an animated gif of it.

On that play, the Steelers used their 21 personnel grouping with a broken eye look that featured Jonathan Dwyer in the eye and then-rookie Chris Rainey as the up-back on the strong side of the formation. Merely flaring both running backs out to the flat was enough to create much needed room for Miller in the middle of the field.

Why didn’t we see more of that in 2012? There’s so many plays that can run out of that formation depending on what the defense shows.


    ¡Free Todd Haley!

  • Iron Cadet

    It’s Le Backfield!

  • Terrence Phelps

    What a move by Heath to get open

  • Shawn S.

    The pump fake by Ben helped too. LB bit big time.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think Haley will be more creative this year. I think he wanted to in 2012 but we couldn’t pull it off. Last year looked like more of a “learning what he can do with our offense based on the players skills”.
    Big Ben and Haley seemed to be “getting it” towards the end of last season, so this year I expect a more aggressive offense!

  • Steve

    With Bell and Blount in the backfield this could be a powerful running combination.

  • The Great Mr Slippery

    wow glad someone else noticed that… that pump and heath route were unreal

  • Douglas Andrews

    Ben is the master of pump fakes. That LB got faked out of his socks.

  • steeltown

    Bell and Blount… the bash brothers

  • Big White

    Yep. All the more reason to let FB Johnson go, More Versatility & an extra roster spot.

  • Big White

    Best pump fake in the history of the game. No offense to Brett Favre.

  • Johnny Loose

    what a play

  • Shawn S.

    No argument here.