The Veon Bell is not unreasonable to want to pay what he thinks is worth. But he is certainly unlucky…
The Veon Bell is not unreasonable to want to pay what he thinks is worth. But he is certainly unlucky at the time, as Pittsburgh Steelers continues to get the job done with James Conner in his place. Conner also does things that Bell never did.
Conner became the first to run back in Stiller’s history to have three consecutive 100-meter games with two-plus rushing touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns. Conner finished the game with 212 total laps and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Bell has not played a football this season. He has still not signed his franchise bid and stays away from the team. Early in the season, when Steelers fought, it was Conner, and it appeared that the team lacked Bell’s presence. But now, Conner and Steelers roll straight. After a 1
-2-1 start, Steelers has won three straight games and looks more like a playoff team. Conner has become an instrumental part of that team.
Towards Browns on Sunday, Conner stood for 146 meters and a pair of touchdowns of 24 berries while five of the six passes threw 66 meters.
It includes this patient’s 12-yard score that effectively sealed the game for Browns:
Browns had just cut his deficit to 16-12. Steelers got the ball back and put it in Conner’s hands four times in a five-game, 75-yards unit.
In the season he has 599 meters of rush and another 323 meters receive. He has rushed for nine touchdowns through seven games. He runs hard, and does everything Steelers asks about him. Even in his iffy rushing performances – 19 meters against Ravens and 17 yards against Chiefs – he still had eight receptions between these games, filling a receiving role that Bell is famous for.
Not that Conner or Bell has any beef – Conner has said that Bell is writing him after he has done a good game. If Bell returns to the team, they would both get touched. The issue is now about chemistry, especially after some of Bell’s teammates did not respond well to him.
Conner is currently playing his best football. He followed up the two subpar games with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games. His lap per ball number is now up to 4.7. He is only the fourth first or second year’s player to record four matches with at least two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first season game in connection with the elite of Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson and Steve Van Buren.
And his teammates have clarified that Conner deserves a healthy workload when Bell returns.
Conner’s success is good for Steelers, but Bell is still Bell: a well-rounded back who can be the most dangerous offensive weapon in the entire NFL. In 62 career games, Bell 5 has 336 rushing yards, 35 rushing touchdowns, 2,660 receiving laps and seven receiving touchdowns. A three-hour Pro Bowler and All-Pro choice, Bell is the very first definition of a “do-it-all” player.
Bell wants to pay more than a good springback. He owns the Steelers franchise record to run back receipts, receive laps with a back and most scrimmage yards in a season with a massive 2,215 year in 2015. The work he has submitted in NFL can not be argued with, and he can still show that he is a special player if he returns to the field this season.
Bell’s thinking in his stamina is simple: he deserves more money and long-term job security. He has shown that he has the kind of talent and production as if he were to place him in any team’s breakthrough, he would have an immediate impact. And if you would remove him from that crime, it would be noticeably worse. He had every reason to suspect that Steelers would happen.
But Conner makes a name for himself and he sets up similar productions as Bell. Suddenly, Bell’s stamina is not the most urgent question Steelers need to worry about – and it does not help Bell’s case to prove how irreplaceable he is.
His stamina would put Steelers in a poor position on the field. Besides that, it did not, and it shows no signs of it.
The big question now is whether Bell will return at all. He could possibly sit out all season, but his ultimate goal of getting a big contract will not be promoted by doing it because he could not be free-agent.
Bell has until November 13 to sign up for the team, otherwise Steelers will maintain the franchise tagging rights until 2019. It seems likely that he will return at some point, but no one (but Bell, probably) knows for sure it will happen.