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Reggie Bush thinks ex-Terp RB Anthony McFarland could be better than Le'Veon Bell

Reggie Bush thinks ex-Terp RB Anthony McFarland could be better than Le'Veon Bell

Former University of Maryland running back Anthony McFarland played just 23 games with the Terps, but what he put on tape during that short span was enough to convince one former star running back that he has the tools to be very successful in the NFL.

Reggie Bush, whose name is included in any shortlist for the best running back in college football history, was asked on Monday about the 2020 running back class during an appearance on Fox Football Now. Bush specifically praised McFarland, who the Pittsburgh Steelers used a fourth-round pick on in April's draft, and thinks the former Terp can be better than a recent Steelers star.

"I think he has the ability to be just as good as Le'Veon Bell, if not better," Bush said.

That's high praise for McFarland, considering Bell is one of the best running backs in Steelers history. During his six seasons with Pittsburgh, Bell made three Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro twice. Only three other Steelers -- Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker -- have more rushing yards in franchise history.

One thing that stood out to Bush considerably when watching the former Terps star's film was McFarland's big-play ability.

"The kid can flat-out fly," Bush said. "He's explosive. He is a game-breaking type of player."

In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast prior to the draft, McFarland explained that he, too, feels like he's a home run threat every time he touches the ball.

"No matter where I'm at in the field, I always believe every play is the big play," he said. "And that's the thing about I feel like me playing running back because I feel like literally, every single play is a big play and it can happen anytime."

The best example of this is from McFarland's 2018 outing against Ohio State, without a doubt the best game of his collegiate career. McFarland finished with a career-high 298 rushing yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns, one an 81-yard scamper and the other from 75-yards out.

In Pittsburgh, McFarland is expected to be a complement to James Conner, who has been the team's starter since 2018. Bush believes that the run-style the Steelers use will certainly benefit the rookie in 2020.

"The Pittsburgh Steelers love to run the football. But it's the way they love to run the football, they use those tackles and tight ends and they pull," Bush said. "What that does is for running backs is, if they just get a crease...Anthony McFarland, if he just gets a crease, he's gone."

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Would Le'Veon Bell be a good fit for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens?

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Would Le'Veon Bell be a good fit for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens?

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are among the greatest rivalries in football. Players have sincere disdain towards one another and fans feel equally the same. But this offseason has shed some light on how quickly some Ravens would welcome Steelers players onto the roster.

First it was wide receiver Antonio Brown, who the Steelers are shopping around after reports of diva-like qualities and locker room troubles came to fruition this season. But now, we're fancying the idea of running back Le'Veon Bell.

Good Morning Football's Kay Adams brought up the possibility of Bell adding to the Ravens' backfield, and based off his response, the running back is contemplating it.

The idea of Bell and Lamar Jackson lining up would certainly garner attention. The Ravens have begun shaping their offense around Jackson's pound-the-ground style of play, and Bell would take that to another level.

In seven starts, Jackson piled up 147 rushing attempts for 695 yards and five touchdowns but durability will continue to be a question for the quarterback. Bell could help alleviate some of that noise.

But on the flip side, the three-time Pro Bowler sat out the entire 2018 season after not coming to a contract agreement with the Steelers. Age would not be a problem at just 26 years old, but if he kept up with the NFL grind is foreseen. 

Bell made it clear last season he'll be looking for a lucrative deal, something the Ravens could work with considering their quarterback is playing on a rookie deal leaving them with room to spend elsewhere. Plus Ty Montgomery and Javorius 'Buck' Allen are set to become unrestricted free agents and Alex Collins a restricted free agent.  

The offseason addition would certainly give the Steelers bulletin board material as the two see each other twice a year. And despite not playing a snap in 2018, Bell should have his fair share of suitors.

And as far as the Ravens go, cornerback Marlon Humphrey doesn't seem too opposed. 


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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow.