“I just can’t wait to get back out there,” said Bell, a trendy top overall pick in fantasy football circles. “I see how well the offense was moving the ball …I’m eager to get back on the field with an already explosive offense … and help us be that much more dynamic. I’m just ready to go out there and show people what I can do.”
Bell said he spent the two weeks off participating in meetings and film sessions with teammates but also rested his legs from normal practice wear-and-tear while staying in “tip-top shape.”
Bell practiced for the first time Wednesday. While suspended, he could participate in off-field activities but couldn't practice.
Bell, who led Steelers playmakers with 2,215 offensive yards, believes he's probably in better shape than he was in training camp.
Bell believes he's joining an offense with the league's best wide receiver (Antonio Brown), quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger) and offensive line. He could make a case for running back, too.
As Bell rebuilds his image after his DUI for marijuana use, which led to the suspension, he's willing to offer encouragement to suspended teammate Martavis Bryant. The talented receiver is missing four games due to multiple failed marijuana tests. He's getting counseling in Houston.
"Once you get back, you can put it all behind you, and just try to make your self into a positive role model like you once was," Bell said. "Obviously people are going to be hating for a minute and getting a little beef, but once you get back on the field and start making some plays, as time goes on, things will get better."