Le'Veon Bell is making a push to start at running back. Photo Credit: Chris G.
In need of playmakers on offense, the Steelers may have found a couple in this year’s draft.
Le’Veon Bell and Markus Wheaton have had terrific camps so far, and it will not be very long before they develop into significant contributors for the offense.
Bell has been the star of the backfield and is making a serious push for the starting job. He runs with speed and authority and has been the best back during team drills.
One of the reasons he has performed so well is his speed. While he may not be a burner, Bell runs very well for a big back and is able to get to the outside and cut back when necessary.
Besides his running, Bell has exceptional hands and has been one of the focal points of the passing game. He continually makes plays in the open field and is poised to lead all running backs in receptions this year.
Wheaton came into camp behind after missing OTAs as Oregon State’s semester had not ended. After a week of camp, he told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com that he is feeling much better in the offense.
“I felt like I was behind, but I picked it up really quickly,” said Wheaton. “I had the playbook at home. The plays weren’t a problem. It was getting used to the speed of the game.”
After beginning camp sixth in the rotation, he has quickly moved up the depth chart and got time as the slot receiver during the first week of camp.
He is a terrific route-runner and has the speed and quickness to get deep or make plays after the catch. He has been very dangerous over the middle of the field.
As long as their development continues, it won’t be very long until Bell and Wheaton are regulars in the offense.