Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is expected to come in this season and make an impact. But if he can’t pass protect the won’t be seeing the field much.
“Around here, if you don’t block, you don’t play,” Dwyer said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson explained that’s the way it is in the NFL.
“That’s anybody. That’s any running back,” Wilson said. “You have to be able to protect the quarterback or you won’t play. That’s not just in Pittsburgh. That’s in every NFL city.”
Bell says he understands how important pass protection is.
“I am looking forward to it,” Bell said. “I am a big guy (6-1, 244), too. There are other running backs that are a lot smaller than me who can protect great. I am going to watch technique, learn technique and use my size to my advantage. I know how important it is.”