Joe Mixon: ‘I can do way more’ than Le’Veon Bell with increased workload
Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon bemoaned his lack of touches during Sunday’s 29-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, suggesting he could have outplayed Le’Veon Bell with an increased workload.
The Bengals not surprisingly went away from the running game as the Steelers opened up on a 20-14 lead with six more points in the third quarter. After Mixon carried the ball seven times in the first half for 48 yards, he didn’t see another touch in the entire second half. And he wasn’t happy about it.
“It’s frustrating. I feel like I’m seeing [Le’Veon Bell] got the ball 35 times, and I got it seven in the first half and then don’t touch the ball again,” Mixon said, via ESPN. “[Jeremy] Hill only got one touch in the second half. It’s frustrating to us running backs. We feel like we’re in the room and we feel like we’re part of the offense. If it worked in the first half, why not do it in the second?”
While it is not surprising — although arguably not demonstrative of a “team-first” mentality — for Mixon to complain about not getting a carry in the second half, the rookie back continued his complaints by making the dubious claim about not enjoying such a prominent role in the Bengals offense when compared to what Bell gets as the Steelers’ bell cow, who had 35 carries for 134 yards to go along with three receptions for 58 yards in the victory.
“Me personally, I feel like I can do way more than [Bell] did,” Mixon said. “Like I said, I only had seven carries. I can’t showcase nothing if I don’t get the ball. There’s nothing else I can say.”
Mixon has 235 yards on 74 carries in six games this season for a 3.2-yard-per-carry average to go along with one touchdown. The rookie running back also has 14 receptions for 98 yards, which is at least similar to how Bell is a do-it-all player out of the backfield.
That said, Mixon, while understandably frustrated, probably should pump the brakes on comparing himself to arguably the most talented, multifaceted running back in the NFL.