By Andrew Fillipponi

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Steelers front office and coaches remain committed to running their offense through the run game so it is crucial that the team is productive in that area in 2013.

In this next in the series of Exclusive Web Primers, Andrew Fillipponi will take an in depth examination of the rushers of the Steelers.

Running back remains an unproven aspect of the Steelers’ offense this season as Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer failed to take advantage of the opportunities given to them by Rashard Mendenhall’s on and off-field issues last year. Now Mendenhall is in Arizona and Chris Rainey is off the club.

Former Pitt Panthers back LaRod Stephens-Howling is an addition but the big pickup is second round draft choice LeVeon Bell out of Michigan State. Veterans Beanie Wells and Ahmad Bradshaw were passed over for injury concerns but they were proven which Bell is not.

“It’s going to take more than Bell” to get the job done for the Steelers run game in 2013. Fillipponi believes that Dwyer could end up being lead rusher once again this season. Fillipponi does not expect Bell to get a thousand yards his rookie year but he will be a contributor and show glimpses of his great talent.

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