Last season the biggest problem the Pittsburgh Steelers had on offense was their ability to run the ball.
As a team they ranked 26th overall with a group of backs that spent more time injured and complaining than actually proving their value.
Now with former Michigan State Spartans standout Le'Veon Bell in camp, this once dominant running team will have a feature back once again for years to come.
Over his three seasons with the Spartans, Bell ran for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also caught 78 passes for 531 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Bell gives the Steelers that dominant back on the field they have been missing since Jerome Bettis was bulldozing his way through defenses. Bell could actually turn out to be a better back since he has the height to be a serious target in the passing attack.
If Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman plan on maintaining their fare share of touches, they are going to need their strong practice performances to transition to the field. Last season both backs were complete busts combining for 1,033 yards and 4 touchdowns.
As of now all three backs have had their shining moments during the Steelers' organized team activities along with free agent LaRod Stephens-Howling, and Baron Batch. With the addition of Bell in the draft it's clear that somebody will not make the Steelers' 53-man roster.
Until it is clear who will be the back carrying the majority of the load for the Steelers try to avoid any of their backs if at all possible. With all the backs fighting for touches, Bell should carry the ball 92 times for 479 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He should also be good for 19 catches for 146 yards.
When it does become clear that Bell will start the season off as the Steelers' featured back, look for him to have 197 carries for 1,024 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. He will also be a bigger threat catching the ball out of the backfield with 37 catches for 284 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
If Bell can get the start look for him to challenge for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and run the Steelers back to the top of the AFC North.