Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
|RB - #8||10.00||PIT||Probable||3 years||22||6'1||244|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-30-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
SECOND-YEAR STAR: Former Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell is a workhorse who will be asked to carry the majority of the workload in Pittsburgh. Bell was hindered early last year with a foot injury. Regardless of that, he proved to be durable over his college career. The Steelers historically love this type of back and have been searching for him since the departure of Rashard Mendenhall. Bell is coveted RB1 and will be drafted and started in all formats. Don't be surprised if he is a Top 5 back in 2014 due to his strengths both on the ground and via the pass. This every-down potential buoys his fantasy value and ensures he is a safe choice in the back half of the first or early in the second round.
Editor's note: The signing of and presence of Blount is a reasonable concern, especially after the former Oregon Ducks runner went nuts last postseason by rushing for 166 yards and four TDs against the Colts. A better way to look at it is that Pittsburgh needed to protect their investment in Bell. Blount can immediately come in, absorb about five to eight carries per game and give Bell a breather. Without Blount, the backfield's depth chart would be a whole lot more flimsy.
The NFL celebrated its own on Saturday night, honoring those who really stood out in 2014. And the list of award winners doesn't provide any surprises.
The top award of the night, Most Valuable Player, went to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the second time in four years. Mr. R-E-L-A-X posted a ridiculous 38:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio to help Green Bay win 11 of its final 13 regular-season games.
Texans DE J.J. Watt, who was the only other player to receive more than two votes for MVP -- he got 13 to Rodgers' 31 -- was the unanimous choice for Defensive Player of the Year. He notched 20.5 sacks, an interception that he returned for a touchdown and four forced fumbles. And he probably got some credit for his three offensive touchdowns as well.
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray beat out Rodgers for Offensive Player of the Year. Finally able to make it through a full season, Murray amassed 2,261 yards from scrimmage on 449 touches.
After tearing the ACL and the MCL in his right knee last December, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski put up an 82-1,124-12 receiving line. That made him an easy call as the league's Comeback Player of the Year.
And despite not debuting until October, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. received the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He set a boatload of records as he gained more than 1,300 yards and 12 scores in just 12 games.
A couple of other winners: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Cardinals' Bruce Arians is Coach of the Year. The NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year award went to Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.
I guess it's not inconceivable for some 10-team-league owners to have rostered most of the players listed above. Beckham was added as a free agent for most, so that's easy. Draft Murray in the first round, and reach for Rodgers in the second. There's a chance Bell was available in the third round, and then you let Gronk's injury concerns have him fall to the fourth. You better have won your league if that was the exact case.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors2/1 - NFL Honors: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wins MVP; Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray named OPOY
1/8 - Steelers extend OC Todd Haley through 2016
1/6 - 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to train with Kurt Warner in offseason
1/6 - Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger may need offseason surgery
1/3 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell ruled out for Wild Card Weekend
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|2.01||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - The Steelers love Le'Veon Bell, and though he isn't exceptionally talented, he will stick as a bell cow back who catches the football. In terms of opportunity and an offensive line built for running the football, Bell fits the bill to be very productive.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|2.02||Dr. Roto - Others may like Ball or Murray, but Bell finished strong last year|
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