5. Le’Veon Bell is back….again
It almost seems as though Bell’s injuries have become a formality each season. In his short four-year career, Le’Veon has played in 16 games just one season (2014). In that season he put up ridiculous numbers, running for a career-high 1,361 yards to go with eight touchdowns and added 854 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Altogether Bell accounted for 2,215 yards from scrimmage in 2014, ranking as the 22nd best season in NFL history for a skilled position player.
The stats stated above are enough to prove if Bell stays healthy he is arguably one of the greatest backs in league history. The problem will always be health. Assuming the Michigan State product can remain on the field for a full season, Pittsburgh’s chances of advancing past the AFC Championship round drastically improve.
In 2014 when Bell had the 22nd-best season, Roethlisberger hit a career high in passing yards (4,952), had his second-best season in terms of completion percentage (67.1) and tied his single-season record by throwing for 32 touchdowns. The 2014 season was also the last time Roethlisberger recorded a 16-game season. Coincidence?