Will the Steelers have the best running attack in the AFC North? Coach Mike Tomlin hopes so. Tomlin likes what he has seen this offseason from running back Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount, and rookie Dri Archer. Tomlin is not sure whether Bell or Blount will get the most touches, but that could be a pleasant problem to have.
“Le’Veon Bell has had a great offseason,” Tomlin said on NFL Network’s “Total Access”. “He’s really shown that he is excited about taking the next step in terms of work that he’s done thus far, particularly from a conditioning standpoint.
“LeGarrette Blount has a definite football playing personality, one that is not only evident on the field but in the locker room. Think he’s going to be positive to our efforts."
“I’m excited about letting these guys sort themselves out from a division of labor standpoint.”
Bell rushed for 860 yards as a rookie, and Blount rushed for 772 yards last season with the Patriots. That gives the Steelers the makings of a serious one-two punch, and Archer’s speed as a runner and receiver could be a dangerous change-of-pace for opponents.
The Ravens won’t have to wait long to see the Steelers’ running attack in 2014. The Steelers and Ravens resume their rivalry in Week 2, on Thursday night (Sept. 11) at M & T Bank Stadium.