Le'Veon Bell includes Steelers' offensive line in candidacy for award

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell couldn’t say enough about his offensive line after rushing for a career-high 204 yards Monday night in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.

The second-year man took his appreciation for his blockers a step further on social media.

Bell posted a picture of the Steelers’ offensive line and included that unit with his name in an attempt to solicit online votes for the NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

Bell rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown in the second half against the Titans to rally the Steelers from an 11-point deficit. The Michigan State product ran the ball seven consecutive times in the fourth quarter, allowing the Steelers to kill the final seven minutes on the clock and improve to 7-4.

“Those guys just kept moving guys off the ball and making my job easy,” Bell said. “I got to the second level a lot, and you have to give a lot of credit to the guys up front. I definitely feed off those guys.”

The feeling is mutual.

“This kid makes our job a lot easier,” right tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “If we get bodies on bodies, he’ll make that extra guy in the box miss. We just look forward to him building his confidence because he’s very capable of being the top running back in the league. This guy is a special guy.”

Bell is second in the NFL with 951 rushing yards and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is third with 3,270 passing yards. Wideout Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 1,161 receiving yards.

“With this offensive line and the quarterback we have and the playmakers we have on offense, we can be unstoppable,” Gilbert said.