Le'Veon Bell Rips Joe Mixon After Bengals RB Said He Could 'Do Way More'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after rushing for a first down in the first half during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Bengals rookie Joe Mixon apparently spends a lot of time thinking about Le'Veon Bell.

After seeing limited touches in last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mixon compared himself to the veteran running back.

"Me personally, I feel like I can do way more than [Bell] did," Mixon said Monday, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. "Like I said, I only had seven carries. I can't showcase nothing if I don't get the ball. There's nothing else I can say."

Bell responded to the comments Sunday, calling his rival out for copying his style:

Vontaze Burfict, whom Bell said should be kicked out of the league last week, was quick to defend Mixon after their Week 8 win vs. the Indianapolis Colts, per Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

"Le'Veon is not as good as Le'Veon thinks he is. So for him to go rattin' on Twitter to talk about my teammate, it's a little bit beyond me. Joe is way better than him. I mean, I play Joe every day in practice and he just has better qualities. Joe is better than him. Put it like that."

The Steelers earned a 29-14 victory over the Bengals in Week 7.

Bell was a workhorse in that game, rushing 35 times for 134 yards while adding 58 receiving yards on three catches. Conversely, Mixon only had seven carries and three receptions that he turned into 68 yards from scrimmage.

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"It's frustrating," Mixon said. "I feel like I'm seeing [Le'Veon Bell] got the ball 35 times, and I got it seven in the first half and then don't touch the ball again."

While the flow of the game was a significant factor in the strategy for both teams, the Bengals failed to get the ball to superstar receiver A.J. Green in the second half as well. It's clear the squad has struggled to find touches for its biggest playmakers on offense.

Mixon, the second-round pick out of Oklahoma, is Cincinnati's leading rusher this year despite averaging just 12.3 attempts per game entering Sunday.