Le’Veon Bell will lead NFL in rushing
Le’Veon Bell is going to be the most explosive player on the Steelers this season (another bold prediction). Even if he catches for 1,000 yards, he’s going to see 200-plus rushing attempts, and with a full 16 game season behind him, he’ll be looking at an NFL-leading rushing attack.
Last year, despite missing four games to start the season, Bell finished fifth in rushing yards, 363 yards behind Ezekiel Elliott for the top spot. Add four more games to his resume, and it’s pretty safe to say Bell would’ve been the league’s top back in 2016.
This season, if he’s able to play all 16 matchups, Bell will hands down be the NFL’s leading rusher. With the offense Pittsburgh now has, and another year of development for the offensive line, Bell could be looking at a 2,000-yard season. Depending on how explosive he can be all year, Bell could even be eyeing up the single-season rushing record.
Bell is going to take the AFC Championship loss to heart this year, which means Pittsburgh is going to have a scary ground attack. As long as Bell stays healthy, there’s little doubt he’ll be the NFL’s top rusher in 2017.
2,000 yards is the number to look for. The NFL’s single-season rushing record is the end goal. Becoming one of the greatest running backs of all-time in one season is the expectation.