Running back Le'Veon Bell is a pretty big guy at 6-foot-1, 244 pounds. But he expects the Steelers to bring in an even bigger guy when they want to run near the goal line: 250-pounder LeGarrette Blount .
"They probably will [give Blount goal-line carries], that's probably what will happen," Bell told CBSSports.com on Saturday night. "He's a big, strong guy, so when they put him in, he's in. We hopefully get that touchdown, and I'm glad. I don't care."
Bell also said he is looking forward to what Blount and rookie Dri Archer can contribute in an effort to keep him fresh in his second season. Bell said there were times last year when he left some yards on the field because "I wasn't as fresh as I could have been."
Bell is currently a top-10 RB in drafts and being selected in the second round. Many in the top 10 -- McCoy, Charles, Peterson, Forte, Lacy, Murray, Ball, Lynch -- are their team's leader at the goal line, so such a change with Bell's situation should cause his fantasy stock to drop.
However, I'm not sure I understand why the Steelers would want to give those valuable touches to Blount. Despite his size, he has never been an efficient player in that area. And again, it's not as if Bell has the frame of Dexter McCluster . These two players should compete for the goal-line carries, and I expect Bell to be called upon more often than not. This news should make Bell a little more of a draft bargain.