Now that the Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell have failed to agree on a long-term contract, the short-term focus shifts to the players that will be at training camp next week.

Bell is ex­pected to sign his tender be­fore the reg­u­lar sea­son be­gins, but if he fol­lows the same course as a year ago, he stra­te­gi­cally will skip camp and all four pre­sea­son games.

A sim­i­lar ap­proach this sum­mer will give more op­por­tu­ni­ties to a num­ber of young run­ning backs who will be try­ing to make strong im­pres­sions. This sum­mer could serve as weeks-long au­di­tions for a start­ing job in 2019 for sev­eral of them be­cause Bell is not ex­pected to be on the ros­ter af­ter this year.

The vet­er­ans

James Con­ner: Had his rookie sea­son cut short af­ter a knee in­jury in Week 14 against the New En­gland Patri­ots. He av­er­aged 4.5 yards per carry on 32 at­tempts but never had more than five rushes in any game. Selected in the third round of the 2017 draft, Con­ner served as Bell’s top backup in 2017, but he’ll have to prove him­self all over again af­ter re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing his knee.

Stevan Rid­ley: Signed to the 53-man ros­ter in Decem­ber af­ter Con­ner was in­jured. He av­er­aged 4.2 yards per carry in 26 at­tempts in the fi­nal two games. Rid­ley has a much lon­ger re­sume than Con­ner, hav­ing been a starter in New En­gland, where he rushed for 1,263 yards in the 2012 sea­son. He is 29 and was out of work be­fore the Steel­ers signed him.