For the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 season, this is no better time to plant your flag and make your proclamation. This is a team that can reach some high peaks in 2017. What are some bold calls for individual Steelers?
Pittsburgh Steelers bold predictions
Le’Veon Bell becomes the first player to rush for 2,000 yards and receive for 1,000 yards
Something that has never been done in NFL history has to be kind of bold, right? In fact, only two players have ever recorded 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. The most rushing yards recorded in this feat was Marshall Faulk, who only put up 1,381 rushing yards. Only seven players have run for 2,000 yards in a season. However, Bell has the chance to do both, and complete one of the rarest feats of all-time.
Last season if Bell played all 16 games he would have had 1,690 yards and 821 receiving yards. He would need to average 19 more yards per game and 11 more receiving yards per game to set history and become a legend.
Bell is a free agent next season and the Steelers have the incentive to give him the ball like he is going to be gone next year. This is a possible feat for Bell this season as history could happen.
Three Receivers with 1,000 yards
If Bell is going to receive for 1,000 yards, this is bound to happen, right? Still, in almost just as rare fashion, this has only happened five times. Most recently, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston did it on their 2008 run to the Super Bowl. Who was the offensive coordinator the last time it was done? Todd Haley. Martavis Bryant is back and is better shape than ever. Antonio Brown is bound to receive for 1,000 yards, and with Bell and the creativity of Todd Haley to spread the ball around this feat is definitely on the table.
T.J. Watt records 10 sacks
This is not as wild or rare of a feat, but still, only 31 rookies have recorded 10 sacks in their opening season. Still, Watt is joining a list with Von Miller, Terrell Suggs and Clay Matthews as players with this many take downs.
It is possible. Watt has shown in the preseason that he is a work horse, and he is going to see the field enough. He seems to find the ball and could be around for cleanup duty on a lot of these sacks. Still, 10 sacks are going to be impressive no matter how you look at it and is going to put him in front of the rookie of the year voting.