Bell had four tackles (two solo) in Sunday's divisional-round playoff win over the Eagles.
Despite not starting much of the year, Bell finished the regular season with 88 tackles (62 solo) -- the second-most on the team. After taking over as the starting strong safety, Bell put together some strong performances down the stretch, including a ten-tackle game in a Week 16 matchup against the Steelers. Though his ancillary stats were lagging -- Bell had just one sack and two turnovers -- the third-year pro should play a key role in the playoffs and into next season.
Bell totaled 10 tackles during Sunday's victory over Pittsburgh.
Bell flashed huge IDP upside last season when he recorded double-digit tackles three times as a key cog in the Saints secondary. This was his first such occasion in a slightly underwhelming 2018 campaign in which Bell is averaging 5.1 tackles per game -- which is roughly a full stop less per contest than he churned out as a second-year player. However, the Ohio State product seems primed for another explosive performance in Week 17, when the Saints take on a Panthers team that could be down to its third-string quarterback if Taylor Heinicke (elbow) is unavailable.
Bell recorded seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Monday's 12-9 win over the Panthers.
Bell played 55 of the Saints' 58 defensive snaps, as the third-year strong safety has clearly leapfrogged Kurt Coleman (11 snaps) on the depth chart. Despite not starting most of the year, Bell still ranks second on the team in tackles (72) and should continue to be a dependable option for IDP owners.
Bell accumulated seven tackles and one fumble recovery during Thursday's 31-17 win over the Falcons.
Bell logged a solid performance on Thanksgiving Day, recording his second highest single-game tackle total of the season. The 2016 second-round pick also nabbed his first fumble recovery of 2018. He'll look to have another impressive outing against the Cowboys in Week 13.
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||87||61.0||26||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||83||62.0||21||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||16||89||63.0||26||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|