"I watch myself now and I look at last year like I wasn't really quick," Bell said, per ESPN.com. "Feels like it was [slow motion]. I'm a lot quicker, a lot more explosive now."
Bell had a breakout year in 2014, rushing for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 83 catches for 854 yards and three touchdowns.
Still, the third-year running back feels his best football is still ahead of him.
"A lot of people talk about the season I had last year. They call it a breakout season, but I don't look at it like that," he said. "I look at it as me just getting started. ... I still feel like I can do a lot of things better. Last year wasn't even close to me being my best."
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Bell was facing a three-game suspension due to a substance abuse violation. Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
Bell, who rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns and added another 854 yards in receptions, said he will work like he is going to play, even though he has no idea when his appeal will be ruled on.
"However coach splits my reps up or handles it in practice, I want to make sure that I give them my all every time I am out there," Bell said.
But that's not enough.
This season, Bell wants to concentrate on being more explosive and breaking off more long runs.
“It’s making the defense play all of their gaps, play honest. If they don’t, if they get a little greedy, you have to make them pay. That’s when the big runs come," Bell said. "You see a defender try to make a tackle and he is out of his gap. I have to make a defense pay every time for that. When they make that mistake, and everybody is human, when one of them make a mistake I have to make them pay.”\
Bell will miss the first three games of the season due to a substance abuse suspension.
Bell has apologized for getting himself in trouble, stating that pot is not important to him and issuing self-blame.
"It's my own fault," he said Tuesday. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person. It's going to make me a better player."
Bell is hoping that his reputation can eventually match his production, which has been significant. He rushed for 1,361 yards a year ago and caught a whopping 85 passes.
"Everybody has their own opinions about me, but that's fine," he said. "I can't make everybody like me and I can't make everybody hate me. I just have to continue to move forward and continue to be me. I know I'm a great person and a great football player, so I have to continue to be on and off the field."
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