Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rbs Likely to See Time Together

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rbs Likely to See Time Together

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The Steelers plan to roll out a one-two running back punch Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted Wednesday there's a good chance Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams will be on the field at the same time as Roethlisberger and the Steelers attempt to kick-start an offense that stalled in Week 3 in a 34-3 loss in Philadelphia.

With injury and ineffectiveness impacting the receiving corps, Roethlisberger said the Steelers are "still dabbling" with ways to use Bell and Williams. Slot receiver Eli Rogers is "very questionable" to play Sunday because of turf toe, head coach Mike Tomlin said, and veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to replace him. Could Bell be deployed as a slot receiver?

"In a way, yes," Roethlisberger said. "Listen, we're not going to put him at wide receiver and use DeAngelo at running back, but we will, I think, have them both on the field and move them out of the backfield.

"We're not going to take RB off the front of [Bell's] name and put WR, but I definitely think he is one of our best receivers."

Bell, back in the backfield after serving a three-week suspension, rushed for 1,361 yards and had 83 catches for 854 yards and 11 total touchdowns in 2014, his most recent healthy season. In the five games a year ago in which Bell was active and healthy, Williams was, effectively, unused, with 13 carries and one catch over that stretch. The Steelers intend to change course.

In 14 healthy starts the past two seasons, Williams has averaged 19.9 carries and 87.6 rushing yards per game. He has been productive in the passing game, too, but is less of a threat than Bell.

Roethlisberger said Bell and Williams give the offense "a lot" of options. Bell, he added, is "one of the best in the business at what he does. …

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