We’ve seen him pose in the team’s new uniforms, run hard in practice, and cheer on his teammates from the sideline, however, we have not yet seen Le’Veon Bell take a meaningful snap as a part of the New York Jets.
This may make some feel uneasy. Coming off a season where Bell did not see the field once due to a contract dispute, many continue to feel skeptical about how the former Pro Bowl running back will return come Week 1.
However, Bell has been eager to get back – and has been loud about it.
Head coach Adam Gase addressed the media on Wednesday and told reporters that Bell had recently approached him with a powerful message:
“Don’t hold back.”
Gase continued by reiterating what Le’Veon has been mentioning all offseason: “He feels like he’s ready to go.”
After being signed to a four-year $52.5 million contract in March, it’s no surprise that Bell is eager to get back out on the field. And vice versa, it is evident that the Jets and their fans have been waiting for this moment for far too long.
Back in 2017, Bell eclipsed 1291 rushing yards on a whopping 406 touches. Not to mention he nabbed 85 receptions for 655 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
He’s exactly what the Jets have been missing: a dual threat superstar.
Gase even nodded to that notion; he’s never coached a running back as skilled as Bell.
“There’s a reason why this guy’s been what he’s been since he’s been in the NFL.”
Since joining the league in 2013, Bell has notched three seasons with 1,000+ rushing yards. He’s certainly been atop the league in total touches in that timespan as well with a hefty 1541.
Now at age 27, Bell will have the opportunity to continue making history. The stage may even be set a bit higher as some think he can solidify himself as one of the best to wear the green and white.
The Jets begin their 2019 season campaign at home on Sunday against the division rival Buffalo Bills. Unlike the Jets, Buffalo had just recently waved goodbye to their star running back in LeSean McCoy.