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Le'Veon's Absence Will Help Us See Life Without Him in Preseason

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by mcam, May 16, 2018.

  1. mcam

    mcam Well-Known Member

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    I'm not on the get rid of Le'Veon Bell bandwagon. I think the Steelers are blessed to have one of the best backs in the league now. Not only running the ball, the guy is 2nd in receptions behind non other than AB where we are lining him up against cornerbacks with him winning the battle. He is a centerpiece to our offense and has been critical in moving the chains and scoring touchdowns.


    So I don't think you truly can 'replace' players like him. Players like him, Shazier, Polamalu, etc.. you can't truly 'replace' these people IMO.

    With all that said, the younger running backs will have an opportunity to play.

    http://www.espn.com/blog/pittsburgh...samuels-hopes-to-answer-the-bell-for-steelers

    I'm excited about the Jaylen Samuels pick. I really don't get the whole "he doesn't have an identity or position" thing. The guy is obviously a tailback. I guess we could run some double RB packages with him either as a fullback or halfback. I don't see him as a tight end at all although they ran him at the position periodically. It sounds like the guy might even be able to play the slot receiver (of course this is yet to be seen in the NFL.)

    We do seem to have some good depth behind Le'Veon. I don't think we have a lot of game changers like Bell, but we have guys that can make plays and help score TDs.

    so It'll be interesting to watch in preseason how these guys play.

    I think a lot of eyes will be open to how much Le'Veon really adds to our offense. I don't think a lot of people are appreciating what the Steelers have right now with him.
     
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  2. Da Stellars

    Da Stellars Well-Known Member

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    According to the Steeler Depot guys Samuels hardly ever did much PassPro, and obviously Levon excels at that...

    Still I would love to be deeper at the RB position, If LevBell goes down RB is going to be a HUGE weakness on this team. My hope is Ridley, given the chance, actually turns out to be VERY good #2 RB.
     
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  3. santeesteel

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    I don't get all the hub bub about Bell not playing preseason. LaDanian Tomlinson never played in the preseason and he turned out pretty good!
    IMO, Bell is a game changing RB the way Barry Sanders was, or Tomlinson, Marcus Allen, Emmitt.......... Do all you can to keep him. He's asking for way too much money though............
     
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  4. chitown steeler3

    chitown steeler3 Well-Known Member

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    LT did practice with the team though during training camp. So he was getting reps and the team was used to him running. With Bell not showing up till after camp is basically done it is more difficult to get used to what your #1 back is going to do in the offense vs your #2 and #3 who will be taking most of the reps. I'm sure that was a huge factor to why the offense started so slow last season.
     
  5. HeinzMustard

    HeinzMustard Well-Known Member

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    Yep. It took until the Lions game... which was half way through the season for the offense to look legit and play to its potential. If the Steelers pull that crap this year, I can see 3-4 losses in the first 8 games. They got lucky last year.
     
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  6. SteelerinKC

    SteelerinKC Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't care less if he missed preseason if (1) he hits the ground running at 100% in game 1 because last year he didn't and (2) if he wouldn't act like a petulant child the entire preseason drawing attention to himself. Act like a damn professional for Christ sakes.
     
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  7. SteelCity_NB

    SteelCity_NB Staff Member Mod Team

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    I think it's a great point.

    See what Conner and Samuels look like. As was mentioned,,somebody really needs to come through in pass pro.
     
  8. Watt Wack

    Watt Wack Well-Known Member

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    As long as he holds onto the ball, he will prove very capable.

    "Le'Veon's Absence Will Help Us See Life Without Him in Preseason"

    No it won't. Preseason proves virtually nothing - it's a hodgepodge of so many various level of players, you learn nothing from it, for the most part.
     
  9. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

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    He won't be ready until 4th regular season game just like last year.
     
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  10. MattyMo9

    MattyMo9 Well-Known Member

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    I don’t think Bell missing camp pre season means much, I think his drama and me attitude however does. Social media and sports reporters just put fuel to the fire and it becomes all everyone talks about meaning the focus is not on the right things. Bell is a great back and has every right to negotiate his contract however his professionalism is a 0 and for that I say good riddance after hopefully helping us get 7
     
  11. santeesteel

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    True. Ladanian practiced with the team but, are scrimmages with your own teammates the same as preseason "games?" I agree that Bell is hurting everyone by not coming to practice.
     
  12. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    It's huge not practicing especially with a new OC. There will be changes made to the offense. They may not be huge changes but there will be changes. He will not be part of that and yes it will make a difference.:cool:
     
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  13. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

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    Even great players have to get in to game shape.
     
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  14. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

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    It’s called being in sync with the rest of his teammates!Last year he pulled that crap and didn’t really get going until the 4th or 5th game!This year will be even more difficult with a new OC!I can see not playing in preseason but at the least go to practice and get into a rhythm with the team!It’s not all about you Le’Veon no matter how great you are!Grow up and be a team player for your most likely last season with the Steelers!
     
  15. SteelerGlenn

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    We've already seen life without him. Injuries, suspensions and hold out.
     
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  16. Diamond

    Diamond Well-Known Member

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    Adrian Peterson never played a game in pre season either, but being with the team during camp helps getting in shape in the weight room, running wind sprints, going through pre game warm ups, practicing with the team, lifting in the weight room with team mates, getting mental reps in the class room all of this prepares them for the regular season and most of all it builds team chemistry, and friendships, Bell will miss all of this and will just walk in off the street get a weeks practice and will spend 3 or 4 weeks shaking off the rust like he did last year, only a very selfish person does this...
     
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  17. coldrolled

    coldrolled Well-Known Member

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    How many Rings does Peterson have?
     
  18. Diamond

    Diamond Well-Known Member

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    The same as Bell, none, of course the vikings never had the skill players on offense to compliment AP like bell has had either...
     
  19. coldrolled

    coldrolled Well-Known Member

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    Maybe they were always a bit shy on Team Play.. To much Me Me Play... Ben has that issue on 3rd and 2 - Get the 50 yarder.. Not the first down.
     
  20. bettissb40

    bettissb40 Well-Known Member

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    Bell is a cancer on this team. Everyone can be replaced, so dump him and start over.
     
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  21. blackandgoldpatrol

    blackandgoldpatrol Well-Known Member

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    It wasn't that long ago that we saw postseason life without bell or Antonio brown, and big Ben still kept us afloat... we will be ok so long as the defense patches up the leaks on their side
     
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  22. jeh1856

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    One. His wife gave it to him.
     
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  23. Watt Wack

    Watt Wack Well-Known Member

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    And last preseason, too. Nothing to see here.
     
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  24. mcam

    mcam Well-Known Member

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    I think Conner and Ridley have shown to be decent 2nd running back options. Who knows about Samuels. Out of all the positions on our team, running back is not one of mine for this year at least.
     
  25. mcam

    mcam Well-Known Member

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    Good points, and the media should take every shot at Bell for this little warm up exercise in the regular season where he's not producing. If he thinks he's good enough for practice, he better demonstrate that on the field coming out the gate.

    He has the choice to do so, but also has the responsibility to deliver. No excuses when you're demanding pretty much double the leagues highest RB salary.

    The media and fans should criticize him heavily publicly if this is the case. Warming up is for practice and preseason. Choose not to participate and take the heat when performance is lacking.
     
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