Steelers RB Bell lighter this season, looking to improve quickness


Steelers RB Bell lighter this season, looking to improve quickness

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers second-year running back Le'Veon Bell came to camp this season more than 10 pounds lighter than in 2013. Bell feels that's going to benefit him and the team as a whole as he looks to improve on his solid rookie season. "I wanted to be lighter; I feel like I move a little better," the former Michigan St. Spartan said. "I'm still strong, I'm still a big back -- 230 is still big. So I don't feel like I need to be 240. Looking at my film, when I was lighter, I made cuts a lot quicker, I was faster. I feel better around that weight, so I'm going to stay around that weight."

Bell led the Steelers in rushing last season with 860 yards. He also scored eight times and caught 45 passes for nearly another 400 yards.

Fantasy Analysis:

The AFC North best look out. If a second-year back who's already in prime condition is capable of looking himself in the mirror and saying, "I need to lose weight to be better," the odds of Bell having a monster year in 2014 just increased significantly. In PPR formats, Bell finished last season ranked 8th among RBs with 16.7 fantasy points per game. He was one of only 10 backs who finished the season with more than 1,200 yards from scrimmage, 45 or more catches and eight or more TDs. And that was in only 13 games, averaging just 3.5 yards per tote. If the weight loss helps him get a 4.0 yards-per-carry average and he plays a full season, there is no reason Bell shouldn't approach 1,500 combined rushing and receiving yards and contribute 55 catches with close to 10 total touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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