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Le’Veon Bell Is Ready To Be The Steelers’ Next Great Receiver

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting the versatile Le’Veon Bell back, and it couldn’t come at a better time.

Le’Veon Bell has had his share of off the field trouble, as well as injuries sustained in games, that have kept him from playing a fair amount of games. But the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping his days of getting suspended are behind him, and they can focus on maintaining his health while on the field. After serving his three game suspension for missing drug tests, Bell is set to return this week against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. As he likes to say in his music, “The Juice is Loose.”

Luckily for the Steelers, they had Deangelo Williams as their backup plan for Le’Veon Bell and he didn’t disappoint in the first three games of the season. Williams had 302 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns in the starting role. Williams has said that he will gladly take a back seat to Bell, as he will move back into his starting role.

The Steelers are coming off of their worst loss in the Mike Tomlin era, as they got completely demolished in every aspect of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger, and Todd Haley all said that the gameplan was bad to begin with, and it was executed poorly on top of that. So having Bell back to get the offense back on track is the shot of espresso they may need to wake up.

With the lack of use of the run game being questioned after a loss, this week will most likely be an answer to the questionable play calling. In Mike Tomlin‘s press conference on Tuesday, he shared a little bit more than what the media is used to when talking about the gameplan.

“We’ve seen him every day, he’s been a part of this, he’s been in the building, he’s up to speed on what we’re doing from a schematic standpoint, really in tune here. We’ll see how sharp he is physically once we get him out on the practice field and kind of go from there but rest assured, you’re going to see Le’Veon Bell and probably a lot of him on Sunday.”

With the Steelers ready to use Bell “a lot,” the Chiefs defense will be more than ready for the matchup. You don’t have to go back very far to see game film of the Steelers and Chiefs, as they played last year in week 7. The Chiefs were coming off of a 5 game losing streak and their victory over the Steelers would be the start of their 11 game winning streak. Landry Jones was the quarterback of that game, meaning the Steelers would have to lean heavily on the run game. Bell finished the game with 17 carries for 121 yards, but the Steelers would lose 23-13.

His teammates have been waiting for this moment to come, and it is finally here. Ben Roethlisberger commented on questions about his starting running back’s return this upcoming week.

“He’s one of the best in the business at what he does. He can block, he can catch, he can run after catch. So I’m excited to get him back out there. . . He’s not going to be- we’re not going to take ‘RB’ off the front of his name and put ‘WR,’ but I definitely think he is one of our best receivers.”

With Bell obviously being the center of attention, he was ready to answer all the questions the media had for him after practice on Wednesday.

“I feel more confident catching the ball. When I was suspended, that’s all I was really doing. I was running routes, obviously conditioning every day, and just catching the ball. So today it felt great, it felt like I was hauling in the ball a lot easier, plus I got Ben throwing it to me so he’s putting it right where it has to be.”

With the Steelers not really knowing who their second receiver is behind Antonio Brown, expect Le’Veon Bell to be used not only in the backfield, but possibly in the slot as well. The Steelers will need all of their offensive weapons if they expect to bounce back this week against a Chiefs defense that just forced 8 turnovers in a single game. The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football in a battle of two 2-1 AFC teams.