Bell registered 39 rushing yards on six carries during Sunday's 43-16 win against the Broncos.
Bell was horribly inefficient during his time with the Jets, ranking 48th among 49 qualified NFL backs with a 3.3 yards-per-carry average. The move to Andy Reid's offense has the potential to revitalize Bell's career, but the 2017 All-Pro will likely have to defer No. 1 duties to Clyde Edwards-Helaire so long as the rookie is healthy. Bell broke off two separate runs of 16 yards in his Chiefs debut, while his other four attempts yielded just seven yards. Coach Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy may have some special opportunities dialed up for Bell in Week 8, with Kansas City hosting his former team in the Jets.
Bell is listed as active Sunday at Denver, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier Sunday, Bell is making his debut with the Chiefs after the Jets released him nearly two weeks ago. However, Bell's workload is to be determined in a backfield led by Clyde Edwards-Helaire and with complementary option Darrel Williams also present. The move from New York's listless offense to Kansas City's dynamic unit should be a boon for Bell, even if his reps are capped on a weekly basis.
Bell is slated to be available Sunday against the Broncos and is expected to have a role in the Chiefs' game plan, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
How extensively Bell might be involved in his Chiefs debut remains unknown, but Rapoport relays that the 28-year-old has worked hard to learn the playbook since signing with the team last week and looked "really fast" in his initial practices. Rookie first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire is still expected to headline the Kansas City backfield Week 7, but Bell could have the opportunity to immediately seize a larger role than incumbent backup Darrel Williams, who has played 27.5 percent of the offensive snaps through the Chiefs' first six games.
Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that the Chiefs plan to take a day-by-day approach with Bell before deciding whether he'll be ready to make his team debut Sunday in Denver, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
For now, Reid is non-committal about the newcomer playing Week 7, but Sweeney gets "the sense there could be some type of role in store." With that in mind, those who roster Bell shouldn't count on a big fantasy payoff this week, but once the veteran back is up to speed with his new team's offense, he should provide a nice complement to rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Following the news of Bell's signing, the first-round pick turned in the best game of his young career in Monday's win over the Bills, logged 26 carries for 161 yards and catching four passes for eight yards.
Bell signed a contract with the Chiefs on Thursday.
The 28-year-old was cut by the Jets on Tuesday and needed only two days to reach an agreement with the defending Super Bowl champions. Bell won't be eligible to play until at least Week 7 as he needs six straight days of negative tests for COVID-19 before practicing since he's joining a new team. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire has worked as the team's top running back so far in 2020, but the addition of Bell could help address the offense's issues is goal-line and short-yardage situations (Edwards-Helaire has nine carries for negative-one yard in goal-to-go spots), per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. The two backs figure to split work once Bell is fully cleared to play, though their exact usage remains to be seen.
The Chiefs are expected to sign Bell, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Two days removed from the Jets cutting Bell loose, he considered a handful of teams before linking up with the defending Super Bowl champs. While the move isn't official just yet, pending COVID-19 protocol, he'll vie for reps with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire with his new squad whenever he's eligible to play. Per Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, Bell will have to complete five days of testing before he can suit up, all but ruling him out for Monday's game at Buffalo.
Bell has reportedly narrowed his free-agent destinations down to Kansas City and Miami, according to Nate Taylor and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic.
The Chiefs are an obvious Super Bowl contender, but with 2020 first-rounder Clyde Edwards-Helaire on hand, they don't offer Bell a path to every-down work. Meanwhile, Bell trains in South Florida during the offseason and the Dolphins' backfield is currently headed by Myles Gaskin, who wasn't on the fantasy re-draft radar prior to training camp this summer. Wherever Bell signs, he'll need to work through the league's COVID-19 protocol, so we won't be seeing him carry the ball for any team in Week 6.
At this stage, Bell reportedly plans to sign with either the Dolphins, Chiefs or Bills, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Those three teams happen to be the Jets' next three opponents, though if Bell does sign a contract as soon as Thursday, it doesn't seem likely that he'd immediately step into a key role Week 6. In any case, if Bell has been made available in your league following his recent release, the 28-year-old is worth acquiring in the hope that a change of scenery can help jump-start his 2020 season.
The Jets released Bell on Tuesday.
The Jets had apparently been looking to trade Bell and couldn't find any takers, so they cut the three-time All-Pro running back. General manager Joe Douglas made a statement saying this move was in the best interest of both parties. Bell recorded 74 yards on 19 carries (3.9 yards per carry) and caught three passes for 39 yards through two games this year. Frank Gore, La'Mical Perine and Ty Johnson will handle the Jets' backfield reps moving forward. Bell is eligible to sign with a new team immediately.
Bell carried the ball 13 times for 60 yards and caught his only target for seven yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Cardinals.
After missing three games with a hamstring strain, Bell returned to action and averaged a solid 4.6 yards a carry, although his workload was limited in another blowout loss for the Jets. He'll remain the team's top backfield option in Week 6 against the Chargers, but whether Joe Flacco or Sam Darnold (shoulder) is under center, Bell's chances of making a big impact in a sluggish offense will be low.
As expected, Bell (hamstring) has been activated off injured reserve by the Jets ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Bell pulled his left hamstring in Week 1 and has been sidelined since. He will now look to spark the Jets' struggling offense by re-taking his position as the team's top back. As a result, Frank Gore should revert back to a complementary/short-yardage role. The veteran will be taking handoffs from Joe Flacco, as Sam Darnold (shoulder) has been ruled out.
Coach Adam Gase indicated that Bell (hamstring) looked good in his return to practice Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Assuming no setbacks, Bell is trending toward being activated off IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. In such a scenario, look for Bell to re-take his position as the Jets' top back, with Frank Gore slotting into a complementary/short-yardage role and La'Mical Perine also in the team's Week 5 backfield mix.
Bell (hamstring) will participate in the Jets' practice Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Per Vacchiano, the Jets are tentatively planning to activate Bell from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, assuming his hamstring holds up during practice this week. If that's the case, Bell would presumably reclaim his position as the Jets' top back, with Frank Gore moving into a complementary/short-yardage role and La'Mical Perine also in the mix. That said, the 0-4 Jets could be cautious with their usage of Bell in his expected return to action Sunday, though such a scenario could provide a needed boost to an offense that will be helmed by Joe Flacco, who will start at quarterback in place of the injured Sam Darnold (shoulder).
Bell (hamstring) believes he'll be ready to return from injured reserve Week 5 for the Jets' game against the Cardinals, barring an unforeseen setback, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
If Bell's prediction comes to pass, he'll end up spending the minimum amount of time on IR after he was shut down following Week 1 with the hamstring injury. Though he reportedly cut down weight during the offseason, Bell drew poor reviews from beat reporters for his play during training camp, and he managed only 14 yards on six carries in the Jets' season-opening loss to the Bills prior to his departure. As a result, Bell may not be a lock to reclaim the high-volume, three-down role he's enjoyed for most of his career once the Jets reinstate him from the IR.
The Jets will place Bell (hamstring) on injured reserve Tuesday, Kimberly Jones of NFL Network reports.
Due to the NFL's new IR rules for 2020, Bell won't have to be shut down for the season or miss at least eight games after exiting the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Bills with the hamstring injury. Instead, he'll be eligible to come off the IR as soon as Week 5, assuming he heals from the hamstring injury as anticipated. In the interim, the Jets are left with the 37-year-old Frank Gore and rookie La'Mical Perine (ankle) as the only healthy options on the 53-man roster. Gore should pick up the start against one of his former teams (the 49ers) in Week 2, but expect him to share work with Perine, if healthy. The Jets are likely to add at least one more back to the roster before the weekend, with Josh Adams --- who carried twice for eight yards and a touchdown to go with two receptions in Week 1 -- a prime candidate to be called up from the practice squad.
Coach Adam Gase said Monday that Bell (hamstring) could "be looking at a couple weeks," Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Gase declined to put a specific timetable on Bell's return, and Rich Cimini of ESPN.com notes he also said the veteran's conditioning could allow him to recover ahead of schedule. Still, the 28-year-old appears to be trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's contest against the 49ers. With La'Mical Perine (ankle) still nursing an injury, the Jets could be forced to roll with Frank Gore and Josh Adams out of the backfield if Bell indeed misses time.
Coach Adam Gase said after Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills that he regrets leaving Bell (hamstring) in the game after the running back was injured late in the first half, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.
Bell hurt his hamstring on an awkward tumble while running a route on which he drew a holding penalty against the defense just before halftime. The running back emerged from the locker room with a wrap on his leg and played five snaps in the third quarter before being taken out of the game when it became apparent that he lacked burst. Gase will likely play things extra safe with Bell's injury moving forward, which means there's a good chance the well-paid running back is kept out of the team's Week 2 clash with San Francisco. Bell's status should become more apparent once the Jets start practicing during the week.
Bell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bills with a hamstring injury.
With rookie La'Mical Perine (ankle) already inactive for the contest, veteran back Frank Gore is next up for the Jets' carries for any length of time Bell might miss. Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, Bell carried six times for 14 yards and caught both of his targets for 32 yards.
Bell has seen approximately 60 percent of the first-team reps in training camp, with Frank Gore handling around 40 percent, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.
Bell took 14 snaps to Gore's nine during Saturday's practice, equating to 60.9 percent of the first-team reps. Cimini says that's been the norm throughout training camp, with the exception of Wednesday's practice when coach Adam Gase removed Bell early and cited hamstring tightness as the reason. Bell then disputed reports of any injury and mentioned frustration with a lack of practice reps. It is possible he gets more than 60 percent of the workload once the season begins, though Brian Costello of the NY Post believes Bell hasn't looked good in training camp, regularly being outplayed by both Gore and La'Mical Perine. There's no question Bell will enter Week 1 in the lead role, but most signs point to a reduced workload relative to last season's 20.7 touches per game and 82.4 percent snap share. Of course, the Jets aren't exactly overflowing with offensive weapons, so things could change in a hurry if Bell starts the year strong. He won't get any help from the early schedule, facing the Bills (Week 1), 49ers (W2), Colts (W3) and Broncos (W4).
Bell disputes reports that he was pulled from Wednesday's practice because of a hamstring injury, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Speaking to the media after Wednesday's practice, coach Adam Gase suggested that hamstring tightness was the reason for Bell being taken off the field. About 20 minutes later, Bell posted on his personal Twitter account that he wasn't dealing with a hamstring injury, and he also noted that he needs the practice reps to prepare for games. This sounds like nothing more than a minor internal disagreement over practice usage, but Bell's activity over the next few days may be worth monitoring in any event. While there's been plenty of media speculation about the relationship between Bell and Gase, both generally have said positive things about the other when asked by reporters during training camp.
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