The Facts: Bell and DeAngelo Williams were on the field together for just six snaps last season, but the Steelers expect that to change in 2016. "There are definitely going to be packages where me and 'D-Lo' are going to be out there at the same time," Bell recently told the team's official website. "I'm ready for that."
Bell missed the first two games of 2015 due to a suspension before a knee injury wiped out the second half of his season. In his place, Williams operated as a sensational fill-in, piling up 1,274 total yards from scrimmage with 11 rushing touchdowns and a respectable 4.5 yards per carry. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would love to see the duo used in more two-back sets. "That was something that we had talked about last year," Roethlisberger said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do it. That could be a weapon for us, some two-minute-drill stuff, some no-huddle stuff, to have both of them on the field." Using two backs would force a pass-catcher off the field, but Big Ben doesn't see that as a problem because of Bell's extraordinary versatility. "You could count Le'Veon as a wide receiver, the way he catches, what he can do," Roethlisberger said. ... Roethlisberger has a point. But much of Bell's value lies in what we expect to be a very heavy workload. This news could cause some to back off a bit. A slightly diminished price would make Bell even more attractive in our eyes.