Blake Bell

Kansas City Chiefs
Tight End #84
Kansas City Chiefs
Tight End #84

Blake Bell News

Remains in Kansas City

Bell signed a one-year contract with Kansas City on Thursday.

Analysis: Bell appeared in 16 games for the Chiefs last year and secured nine of 13 targets for 87 yards while rushing four times for 10 yards. He's unlikely to play a significant role in the team's offense as long as Travis Kelce remains healthy.

Mar 24, 2022 12:00 PM EST

Closes out 2021 on quiet note

Bell was not targeted on his 21 offensive snaps in the regular-season finale versus the Broncos.

Analysis: The Belldozer compiled just nine total catches for 87 yards on 13 targets during the 2021 season and has just two seasons total with double-digit receptions. He still The veteran tight end still hasn't caught a touchdown pass in his career and enters the offseason set to become an unrestricted free agent following a one-year deal. With Noah Gray developing behind Travis Kelce, Bell may be ticketed for a spot elsewhere in 2022.

Jan 14, 2022 2:23 PM EST

Four touches in Week 17

Bell hauled in all of his three targets for 35 yards and rushed once for a pair of yards in Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Bell's rush came in the form of a fourth-down trick play in which he motioned under center and took what was essentially a quarterback sneak for the first down. Bell has some experience under center from his college days but doesn't figure to be utilized in that capacity very often, rushing just four times all season. He also finished with a season-high three catches in the contest, though the 36 p recent offensive snap count aligns with what he's seen all season and would suggest this is most likely an outlier.

Jan 4, 2022 12:17 PM EST

One grab in Week 16

Bell compiled just one catch for 11 yards on his lone target Sunday versus the Steelers.

Analysis: Bell has no more than one catch in a game this season and has more than one target just once and that didn't change even with Travis Kelce (COVID-19 protocols) out for the contest. Noah Gray benefited a little more, but neither tight end factored much into the equation. That is unlikely to change anytime soon, especially if Travis Kelce is part of the mix again moving forward.

Dec 28, 2021 6:20 PM EST

Returns from reserve/COVID-19 list

Bell was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Matt Derrick of reports.

Analysis: Bell was on the COVID list for just three days before his activation Friday. Meanwhile, superstar tight end Travis Kelce has not yet passed through league COVID protocols, putting Bell in position to potentially start Sunday against Pittsburgh. Kelce's return in time for the contest has not yet been ruled out, however, so the situation remains murky for fantasy managers who roster Kelce and/or are considering picking up Bell.

Dec 24, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Expected back from COVID list

Bell is expected to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's game against the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While such a move has yet to be confirmed by the team, Bell's Week 16 status is noteworthy, with Kansas City's top tight end Travis Kelce also on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If Bell is activated for Sunday's contest and Kelce isn't, Bell would be line to share TE work with Noah Gray versus Pittsburgh.

Dec 24, 2021 8:22 AM EST

Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Bell was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The tight end joins the long list of Chiefs players that have been added to the reserve/COVID-19 list in the last few days. With both Bell and Travis Kelce (illness) in COVID-19 protocols, Noah Gray is the last remaining active tight end on the roster at the moment.

Dec 21, 2021 3:07 PM EST

One target versus Chargers

Bell was unable to haul in his lone target Thursday against the Chargers.

Analysis: Bell has played more than 20 percent of snaps in all but one game he's appeared in this season but hasn't recorded more than a single catch in any one game.That could change next week, however, with Travis Kelce being placed on the COVID-19/reserve list Monday. Bell would presumably take over as the team's top tight end if Kelce is unable to clear the league's protocol in time, with Noah Gray also figuring into the mix more often.

Dec 21, 2021 10:49 AM EST

Overcomes back issue

Bell (back) returned to full practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Bell missed the team's Week 6 matchup against Washington. However, he has seemingly recovered from the issue and should be in for a return in Week 7 against the Titans. Bell should continue to occupy the backup tight end role, and he's recorded four receptions for 33 yards through five games on the campaign.

Oct 20, 2021 6:35 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 6

Bell (back) won't play in Sunday's contest against Washington, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bell didn't practice at all this week, so his status for Sunday shouldn't be a surprise. The 30-year-old has played at least 17 offensive snaps in all five games this season, so Noah Gray and Jody Fortson should be in line for an increased workload behind Travis Kelce on Sunday.

Oct 15, 2021 11:28 AM EST

Won't practice Thursday

Bell (back) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: Bell will be held out of practice for a second straight day as he continues to deal with a back injury. If he hopes to play Sunday against Washington, he'll presumably need to return to practice in some capacity Friday.

Oct 14, 2021 10:07 AM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Bell (back) didn't practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: It's unclear when Bell picked up the injury, but it's worth monitoring throughout the week. Travis Kelce (neck) also is questionable for Week 6, so Noah Gray and Jody Fortson could be in line for extended work against Washington.

Oct 13, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Back with Chiefs

Bell has signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Bell spent last season with the Cowboys, logging 11 catches for 110 yards in 16 games. He's now set to return to Kansas City, where he played in 2019 and will provide the team with a capable blocking tight end presence behind star pass catcher Travis Kelce.

Mar 18, 2021 9:32 AM EST

Small role in 2020

Bell (neck) caught 11 of 15 targets for 110 yards over 16 games for the Cowboys in 2020.

Analysis: After Blake Jarwin (knee) was lost for the season in Week 1, Dalton Schultz moved into the No. 1 tight end spot for Dallas, but Bell remained purely a blocker for the most part. Even so, the 110 receiving yards was the veteran TE's best total since he was a rookie with the 49ers in 2015. A free agent once again, Bell could find himself playing for his sixth team in six years in 2021.

Jan 16, 2021 8:57 PM EST

Picks up stinger

Bell (neck) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Giants due to a stinger, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: If Bell is unable to return to Sunday's regular-season finale, Sean McKeon will step as the No. 2 tight end behind Dalton Schultz. The 29-year-old wasn't targeted before leaving the field Sunday.

Jan 3, 2021 12:43 PM EST

Clear of illness for Week 16

Blake (illness) is listed as active heading into Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Bell couldn't practice Thursday while dealing with a non-COVID-19-related illness, but the tight end has proven capable of recuperating in time for Dallas' Week 16 kickoff. The 29-year-old remains without a missed game all season, but his passing-game involvement remains space. Bell has accumulated three catches for 23 yards over his past three outings, as Dalton Schultz remains firmly fixed atop the depth chart.

Dec 27, 2020 12:12 PM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Bell (illness) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old was added to the injury report Thursday with the non-COVID-19 illness, and his status for Sunday remains in question. Sean McKeon would serve as Dallas' secondary tight end behind Dalton Schultz if Bell is unable to play this weekend.

Dec 25, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Missing practice with illness

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Bell won't practice Thursday while he recovers from a non-COVID-19-related illness, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Though Bell will miss his second straight workout, McCarthy said he expects the tight end to be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Bell has served as the top backup to Dalton Schultz for much of the season, totaling 10 receptions for 103 yards on 14 targets over 14 games.

Dec 24, 2020 8:30 AM EST

Reels in 10-yard pass

Bell caught his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers. He also rushed once for two yards.

Analysis: Meanwhile, position mate Dalton Schultz was targeted twice, translating into two catches for 14 yards and a score. Bell has been targeted just six times over the past eight games; he won't be valuable for fantasy unless Schultz gets hurt.

Dec 22, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Catches short pass

Bell caught his lone target for a gain of two yards in Tuesday's 34-17 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Bell has been targeted just six times over the last eight games, translating into four receptions for 24 yards. He continues to garner consistent playing time in a blocking role, but there's no fantasy value as the No. 2 tight end in Andy Dalton's offense.

Dec 9, 2020 4:25 PM EST

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