There’s no questioning the fact that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has officially knocked off the rust and is back to being the same dominant player fans have come to know and love.
The proof in that obviously starts with his stats this season, but it even goes beyond that. As Joel Corry of CBS Sports reported, Bell is on pace for a near-record breaking number of touches this season. If he continues on the torrid pace he’s currently on, Bell would finish the season with 461 touches, which would be the second-most in an NFL season.
Through just seven games, Bell has already racked up 202 combined touches (169 carries, 33 catches) for 989 yards and four touchdowns. His 2017 pace would completely shatter his previous high for touches in a season, which came back in 2014 when he had 373 touches (290 carries, 83 receptions) and wound up with over 2,000 combined yards.
Bell is not only the workhorse back in the Steelers offense, but he’s also the focal point of their entire gameplan as well. In the past two games alone against the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, he tallied 67 carries and six catches for 383 yards. Don’t expect his numbers to slow down, either.
The current leader in total touches for a season is James Wilder, who had 492 back in 1984, according to Pro Football Reference. It may be tough for Bell to hit that mark, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that it’s not out of the realm of possibility.