Several reports indicate that the Steelers offense is getting into regular season form as the time for exhibitions and training marches on. This is a team looking to build on a record-setting 2014.
Steelers.com reports that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on point in the Steelers’ most recent practice. A few impressive completion streaks in both pressure drills and third down drills made it a successful practice for the two-time Super Bowl champ.
Le’Veon Bell told ESPN that he is faster and more explosive than during last year’s All Pro campaign. Much has been made about Bell’s athletic (2.9% body fat) physique, but the runner said it’s translating on the field too. He’s getting through holes faster, in and out of cuts faster, and contributing in every phase of the offensive game plan.
In a video for ESPN’s “NFL Nation TV,” Jeremy Fowler reported that Steelers coaches are having young wide receivers learn route running tendencies from Bell, the team’s starting running back. That speaks volumes to Bell’s versatility and the trust that Roethlisberger and Haley will have in him in the passing game.
The team website also provided a great quote from second-year wide receiver Martavis Bryant: “This year I want to make sure I am dominant in everything that I do.” Not the words of a player trying to make a roster, or the active 45. This is a player looking to ascend to the next level.
None of this should really come as a surprise, but things look good for the Steelers’ offense. If the offensive line can stay healthy and put the same five guys on the field every week, look out. Add in that Antonio Brown is just about the best wide receiver in the league, and the scoreboards should be ringing up points in 2015.
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