There is plenty of room for improvement in the Steelers' backfield, and the hope is some of that improvement comes by way of second-round rookie running back Le'Veon Bell this year. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley recently said that Bell will contribute right away.
"Obviously, there's a lot of work ahead of him," Haley said of Bell. "He's a young guy, but he's coming from a pro-style offense. A lot of the runs will be very similar to the runs that he was running. So I expect him to get into the mix and be a factor."
How much of a factor depends on how Bell looks in camp compared to veterans Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer ; that's not an extremely high bar. Bell was a workhorse at Michigan State. He grinds out yards and moves piles. I think he has a lot of similarities with Dwyer as a runner, but Bell is a much better receiver, which is critical given that Haley loves to throw the ball. He has a chance to start Week 1.