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Last week, I had the privilege of joining my NFL AM pal Steve Wyche for his Double Coverage podcast. During the course of the show, we had the pleasure to interview Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. The top-rated rookie among all position players on NFL.com, I was lucky enough to ask him a few fantasy-related questions. I came away very impressed with his answers.
On how he’s doing in pass protections
Bell: “I’m learning the pass protections, I’m doing excellent. I don’t miss assignments and I pick up all my blitzes. There are a couple technique things I need to clean up – we did backs on backs a little bit the other day, and I’ve still got work to do. There are some bigger guys here, and I’m not a bad pass protector at all. I’m actually a good pass protector. But I always feel I can do better and I’m going to keep striving to be the best I can be before the preseason games actually get here.”
What will his role be in the passing game? Can he be a dual threat?
Bell: “I’m going to push to try to be that. I’m a bigger guy, so I can be in the game on third downs whether it’s me protecting the quarterback or whether it’s me getting open for the quarterback on checkdowns. With me being that versatile player, I feel I can bring a lot to the offense and I can continue to showcase what I can do while I’m here in camp so I can make those plays on the field and they can put their trust in me.”
Comparing himself to another running back
Bell: “I feel like it’d be a combination of two guys. I feel like Arian Foster is one of the guys. He’s a patient type of runner, a smooth guy. The other is Steven Jackson, who can bring that thump to you and get those tough yards. Those two guys I looked up to before I even got to the NFL and took a little bit from their games and put it into mine. So, I feel like if I had to compare myself to anybody, it’d be those two guys.”
On playing fantasy football
Bell: “On Twitter, a lot of people have been talking to me about the fantasy thing. So I’m probably going to start trying to look into it and learn more about it, because I haven’t taken the time to learn about it.”
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!