“How he’s run the ball speaks for itself,” Tomlin said.
Bell has seen his first-team workload pick up during training camp. He took plenty of snaps with the starters in 11-on-11 drills and saw more first-string action than any other Steelers back in pass-protection drills as early as last month. “He’s the real deal,” Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote Thursday.
Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson wants nothing to do with the committee approach that plagued last year’s backfield. “You would love to have a back who can play first down through third down,” Wilson told Kaboly this week.