Steelers List Watch: Ben, Bell, Brown Making an Impression


The Steelers have a dangerous trio of skill players on their roster, the most dangerous many would argue. Just look at the various top players in the NFL lists being assembled this summer and you’ll notice there are few if any that don’t contain at least one of the Steelers triplets in the top 10 of that group. It’s clear that Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell are widely regarded as a special group of players.

NFL Network had five of their writers offer up a top players in the NFL. Gregg Rosenthal included Big Ben at number 6. Dan Hanzus had a different Steelers, Le’Veon Bell, at number 7. In the big show, the Top 100, it was Antonio Brown who was in the top 10 at number 8. In the PFF top 100 Antonio Brown was also in the top 10 a spot higher at number 7.

Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs after a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bleacher Report’s Matter Miller included the killer B’s in the top 10 of each of their positions in their NFL 1000. Ben Roethlisberger was number 7 on the top 50 QBs. Le’Veon Bell was number 3 on the top 90 running backs. And Antonio Brown was number 3 on the top 100 wide recievers.

Of Brown he said, “Brown was electric in 2014, showing production and traits that add up to his status as one of the game’s best playmakers.” Of Bell he said, “The 23-year-old Bell is the NFL’s best young running back. He’s a sure-thing starter and foundation piece for the Steelers.” Of Ben he said,

"“After more than a decade in the league, Ben Roethlisberger still has “it.” He’s got an arm that can slice a defense, and his large frame can withstand a pass rush. Though the Steelers haven’t made a deep playoff run since their Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers, Roethlisberger is more than capable of winning a championship, pending his surrounding talent.”"

CBS fantasy sports writers  Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard had Bell ranked as the 3rd best and best overall fantasy player. The both had Antonio Brown at number 10. ESPN included Le’Veon Bell on their top fantasy players at number 2. Antonio Brown came in at number 7. SB Nation writers Daniel Kelley and John Daigle both had Brown and Bell in their top tens.

You can find the Steelers triplets atop any and all positional rankings. Go ahead, look for yourself. You can also find the triplets among the top on any list, even the less conventional ones. For example, Fox Sports ranked Le’Veon Bell as the number 2 player under 25.

The point is, everyone is expecting big things from the Steelers offense. It’s also interesting how everyone kind of has their favorite. Everyone has an opinion on who is the top player on the Steelers offense and it shows how good they are the between the Steelers triplets there’s no clear winner.

Regardless, it’s nice to see such positive feedback and accolades, for a Steelers offense no less, but it will be better to see it on the field.

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