Bell not lobbying for ball, trying to 'make plays'

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- Coming off a career-low 47 yards on 13 touches in Cleveland, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is not lobbying for more carries in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.

"I am just trying to run the plays that are called to the best of my ability and make plays when the opportunities present themselves," Bell told reporters Wednesday from his locker. "I just have to get better at that and hopefully will do that this week."

The Steelers' offense struggled to find a rhythm in a 21-18 win against the Browns. Coach Mike Tomlin said penalties sunk the running game, resulting in 10 carries for 32 yards for Bell, who missed all of training camp before signing his $12.1 million franchise tender.

When asked to assess Bell's Week 1 play, Tomlin said he needs to play better and will.

The Steelers tried to manage Bell's snaps to account for his late arrival to the team. The star back played 43 of 60 snaps, but he was off the field during many empty-set formations that included four wide receivers.


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