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Roethlisberger Expects Bell, Williams To Be On The Field At The Same Time Against Chiefs

Now that Pittsburgh Steelers will get starting running back Le’Veon Bell back on the field this week for their Sunday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs, we can probably expect to see him used quite extensively, according to the comments made Tuesday by head coach Mike Tomlin. With that said, veteran running back DeAngelo Williams is likely to be on the field at the same time Bell is for a few plays as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said as much Wednesday during his talk with the media

“Listen, we’re not going to put [Bell] at wide receiver and DeAngelo at running back,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “But we will 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.”

In last year’s Week 3 game against the St. Louis Rams, which was Bell’s first game of the season, we saw both him and Williams on the field at the same time for a few plays and that included both lining up as wide receivers on a few plays. In other words, we can probably expect something similar to that happening Sunday night against the Chiefs.

While Williams has proven over his many years in the league to be a reliable receiving option out the backfield, Bell is even better and especially when he runs those option routes out of the slot.

Through the Steelers first three games of the 2016 regular season we have seen the team’s defense get exploited numerous times by running backs catching the football out of the backfield so perhaps we’ll see the offense utilize a similar attack against the Chiefs Monday night in an effort to get the ball out of Roethlisberger’s hand quickly and into the hands of Bell in open space.

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