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Top David Bell News

  • Browns' David Bell: Status for opener not decided

    Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski hasn't made a decision on Bell's availability for Friday's preseason opener versus Jacksonville, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

    Bell missed the first week of camp due to a foot injury and only recently started participating in drills. He looked sharp Tuesday during red zone 7-on-7 drills, as did Anthony Schwartz, another receiver who recently returned from injury and whose status for Friday is undecided. The Browns have suffered numerous injuries at wideout early in camp, but Stefanski may choose to play it cautious with several players for the first exhibition contest.

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  • Browns' David Bell: Could play preseason opener

    Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski did not rule out Bell playing the preseason opener Friday in Jacksonville, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

    Bell was activated off the active/PUP list and practiced for the first time Saturday, but he was excluded from team drills, per Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site. Stefanski referred to Bell as intelligent and noted the progress he made during offseason activities as reasons for the coach's optimism heading into Preseason Week 1. Bell is penciled in as the team's top slot receiver.

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  • Browns' David Bell: Off PUP list

    Bell was activated off the PUP list Saturday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

    The 2022 third-round pick missed nine days of training camp as he recovered from what was reportedly a stress fracture in his foot. It's a welcome sight for a Browns receiving corps that is dangerously thin from a depth perspective with Anthony Schwartz (knee), Michael Woods (hamstring), Javon Wims (illness) and Isaiah Weston (torn ACL) all out recently with various injuries. Who ultimately starts the majority of the games for the Browns at quarterback this season will obviously be a major question mark, but Bell should at the very least have an opportunity to compete for a starting role throughout the preseason.

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  • Browns' David Bell: Catches passes on sidelines

    Bell (foot) practiced catching passes from an assistant on the sidelines during Cleveland's practice Thursday, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

    Bell is on the active/PUP list and could miss a couple of weeks of camp, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He'll be joined on the sidelines by Anthony Schwartz, who left Thursday's practice with a left knee injury that requires further evaluation. With the injuries piling up on the outside, Demetric Felton and rookie sixth-round pick Mike Woods figure to see added training camp reps.

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  • Browns' David Bell: Won't get more competition

    Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate the team adding another wideout as insurance while Bell recovers from a foot injury, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

    The Browns kicked off training camp Wednesday without Bell, who sustained the injury at some point late in the offseason program or at minicamp, according to Ahsley Bastock of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Stefanski's comments about the Browns not considering adding another wide receiver at this time supports the notion that Bell's injury isn't seen as serious. The coach told Athony Poisal of the Browns' official site that the rookie is expected to be ready for Week 1. The organization views Bell as more advanced than other first-year players and feels he can pick up to playbook once he's medically cleared, but Bell will miss out on some valuable reps in camp.

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  • Browns' David Bell: Lands on active/PUP list

    The Browns have placed Bell (foot) on the active/PUP list, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Per Cabot, Bell's foot issue isn't believed to be serious and the 2022 third-rounder should be able to practice soon. Once he's able to take the field again, Bell figures to compete with Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz for depth chart slotting behind Cleveland's new No. 1 wideout, Amari Cooper. According to Jake Trotter of ESPN, Peoples-Jones will presumably get the first shot to be the team's No. 2 receiver, but once healthy, Bell -- who displayed sure hands during minicamp -- could challenge for a key role in the Browns offense if he impresses as the summer progresses.

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  • Browns' David Bell: Impressing at OTAs

    Bell has impressed with his hands and routes at Browns OTAs, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

    Jackson notes the rookie third-round pick made several impressive catches at Wednesday's session, including the first downfield grab of the day on a pass from Deshaun Watson. Bell saw his draft stock drop due to sub-par testing numbers, but his solid 6-foot-1, 212-pound frame and early body of work offer reason for optimism, and Jackson also notes Bell is getting plenty of quality on-field coaching from veteran wideout Amari Cooper.

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  • Browns' David Bell: Rocking with Cleveland

    The Browns selected Bell in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 99th overall.

    Before the combine, Bell was considered a fringe first-round prospect after putting up impressive numbers in three seasons at Purdue. Bell stepped into the No.1 role in the offense in place of the injured Rondale Moore as a true freshman and recorded 86 catches for 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns on 131 targets. He had a strong season in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign and was impressive again as a junior with 93 catches for 1,286 yards. Despite the strong track record of production from an early age, Bell's testing sent his stock tumbling. Bell ran a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash and tested below the 40th percentile in his jumps at 6-foot-1, 212 pounds. Bell will be an interesting test case because of the combination of his stellar production and concerning lack of athleticism. Cleveland already has Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones, but Bell could eventually carve out a role as a possession receiver in the underneath game.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
Age: 21
School: Purdue