Blake Bell

Blake Bell

Tight End #84
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 252 lb.
College:Oklahoma
Age:29
Born:August 7, 1991
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 4 (117)
Draft Team:SF

Blake Bell: Notches fifth reception of season

Bell hauled in his lone target for a 13-yard gain Sunday in the Cowboys' 37-34 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Bell actually outproduced starting tight end Dalton Schultz (one catch for six yards on three targets), but don't expect to result in a more even distribution of the work at the position in future weeks. Schultz had recorded 17 receptions for 208 yards across the previous three weeks, and he still played 58 of the 68 offensive snaps (88 percent) on Sunday. Bell, meanwhile, played just 18 snaps (27 percent).

October 13, 2020 12:33 PM EST

Blake Bell: Returns to action Sunday

Bell (knee) has re-entered Sunday's game against the Giants, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Bell briefly left the field with a knee issue Sunday, but he managed to return without missing much time. He'll resume working as the top backup to Dalton Schultz.

October 11, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Blake Bell: Leaves Sunday's game

Bell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Giants with a right knee injury, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Bell departed in the first quarter after reeling in his lone target for a 13-yard gain. It didn't appear too serious at the time, but if he's unable to return, Sean McKeon is due for an increase in reps behind starter Dalton Schultz.

October 11, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Blake Bell: Two catches in Week 2

Bell caught two of three targets for 34 yards in Sunday's comeback win over the Falcons.

Analysis: With Blake Jarwin (knee) done for the year, Dalton Schultz stepped up and posted a 9-88-1 line on 10 targets as the Cowboys' new No. 1 tight end, but Bell got a little more involved in the passing game as well. There could be more opportunities for both players in Week 3 against a Seahawks defense that just gave up 397 passing yards to Cam Newton, but Bell's fantasy ceiling remains limited.

September 21, 2020 7:21 AM EST

Blake Bell: More opportunities on tap

Bell is in line for an increased workload with Blake Jarwin (knee) having suffered a season-ending ACL tear, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bell wasn't targeted during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams, even after Jarwin was forced off the field, while Dalton Schultz received four looks in the passing game. As such, Bell's increased workload looks like it will primarily consist of blocking assignments. Undrafted rookie Sean McKeon could see increased reps as well.

September 14, 2020 10:42 AM EST

Blake Bell: Could see snaps at H-back

Bell could line up at H-back at times this season, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Analysis: With Jamize Olawale having opted out of the season, the Cowboys don't have an experienced fullback on the roster, but new head coach Mike McCarthy suggested he could use a blocking tight end in the backfield instead. "The fullback position and tight end position is something that I've always kind of lumped together when you're building your schematic menu [of the roster]," McCarthy said. "Because that's the adjustment you have to make in game weeks, so that's no different than our thinking right now as far as we're into training camp. The ability to play multiple positions, both at the fullback and tight end position, will give us what we need schematically." Bell does have backfield experience which could come in handy in that scenario -- he was an option quarterback in college before converting to tight end in the pros -- but he's still unlikely to get enough touches to have fantasy value, having caught no more than eight passes in any of the last four seasons.

August 11, 2020 8:55 AM EST

Blake Bell: Heads to Dallas

Bell is signing with the Cowboys, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Bell has played for four different teams since he was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, most recently serving as the No. 2 tight end for Kansas City in 2019. With 38 receptions in 65 career regular-season games, Bell shouldn't pose much of a threat to Blake Jarwin.

March 25, 2020 8:09 AM EST

Blake Bell: Contributes down the stretch

Bell finished 2019 with just eight catches for 67 yards on 15 targets.

Analysis: Bell was brought in to fill the role voided by Demetrius Harris' departure this offseason and essentially did just that. The backup tight end in the Chiefs' offense is unlikely to see a ton of usage in the passing game as long as Travis Kelce is healthy and that was just the case for Bell, who recorded 400 offensive snaps despite little usage as a pass-catcher. He signed just a one-year contract with Kansas City, so there's no guarantee he will be back in the fold in 2020.

January 6, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Blake Bell: Snares pair of passes

Bell notched two catches for 15 yards on a season-high three targets Sunday versus the Bears.

Analysis: Bell had not recorded more than one catch in a game prior to Week 15 but has now caught a pair of passes in each of the last two weeks. Still, he played less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps and has yet to reel in a touchdown pass in 2019, so there's very little fantasy upside to be had at the moment.

December 24, 2019 10:38 AM EST

Blake Bell: Sheds injury tag

Bell (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Bell wasn't able to suit up against the Chargers in Week 11, but he appears back to full health following Kansas City's bye. In any case, Bell doesn't carry much (if any) fantasy value as long as top tight end Travis Kelce remains healthy.

November 27, 2019 7:43 PM EST

Blake Bell: Sidelined Week 11

Bell (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Bell sustained the injury last week against the Titans and actually returned to the game, but he was unable to practice this week. Deon Yelder should serve as Kansas City's No. 2 tight end in his place.

November 16, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Blake Bell: Ankle injury lingers

Bell will not practice Thursday due to an ankle injury, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Bell was briefly sidelined during Sunday's loss to the Titans due to an ankle injury, but he managed to retake the field without missing more than a couple of drives. It now appears that the issue could jeopardize his availability for Monday's tilt against the Chargers, though the fifth-year pro will have two more chances to practice before a decision on his availability is made. Bell plays a reserve role behind Travis Kelce in Kansas City's offense, and he also contributes on special teams.

November 14, 2019 10:06 AM EST

Blake Bell: Quiet in Week 2

Bell didn't catch his only target during Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Analysis: Bell still received a healthy dose of 25 snaps in the game and is the clear backup to Travis Kelce at the tight end position. While it doesn't mean much now, he could gain fantasy relevance should Kelce miss time.

September 17, 2019 8:06 AM EST

Blake Bell: Reels in lone target in opener

Bell caught his only target for seven yards in Sunday's season opener against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Bell logged 33 offensive snaps (49 percent) in the contest, positioning him as the second-string tight end behind Travis Kelce and ahead of Deon Yelder. While it means very little in terms of fantasy at the moment, it could prove fruitful should Kelce miss any time.

September 9, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Blake Bell: Replaces Harris in KC

Bell is signing with the Chiefs, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: With Demetrius Harris headed to Cleveland, the Chiefs don't have much experience at tight end behind starter Travis Kelce (ankle). Bell mostly played quarterback at Oklahoma and only has 30 catches in 50 NFL games, but he seems to have found a situation that will allow him to compete for the No. 2 job at tight end -- a role that provided Harris with 371 snaps and 25 targets in 2018. Deon Yelder and David Wells represent the competition, with more help potentially coming from the 2019 NFL Draft.

April 2, 2019 1:22 PM EST

Blake Bell: Ends season on 14 snaps

Bell failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Bell played only 14 offensive snaps as he totaled eight catches for 67 yards in 10 games with the Jaguars. The 27-year-old saw a minimal offensive role after signing with the team in October, but was involved on special teams. Bell is not under contract for 2019 and will return to the open market.

December 31, 2018 5:42 PM EST

Blake Bell: Returns to box score

Bell caught both his targets for 16 yards in Thursday's 30-9 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Bell had only one catch for five yards in the previous three games, so Thursday's performance was a marked improvement. The 27-year-old is essentially splitting time as the Jagaurs' No. 2 tight end with Ben Koyack behind starter James O'Shaughnessy.

December 8, 2018 12:08 PM EST

Blake Bell: Catches two passes

Bell caught two of three targets for 27 yards in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis.

Analysis: Bell worked as the Jaguars' secondary tight end and played 27 offensive snaps behind starter James O'Shaughnessy, but that role is now likely to change. Ben Koyack -- who the Jaguars signed Monday -- is currently listed as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart, which should further limit Bell's offensive workload.

November 12, 2018 7:37 PM EST

Blake Bell: Notches first reception

Bell caught one of two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles in London.

Analysis: Bell out-snapped fill-in starter David Grinnage 32-to-28, but the latter was much more involved in the passing game. The reception is Bell's first since Week 14 of last season when he was with the Vikings. Starter James O'Shaugnessy (hip) will have the Week 9 bye to continue his recovery, and his health will determine Grinnage and Bell's involvement when the Jaguars face the Colts in Week 10.

October 29, 2018 3:52 PM EST

Blake Bell: Lands in Jacksonville

Bell signed with the Jaguars on Tuesday.

Analysis: Bell spent the 2017 season and this offseason with the Vikings before being let go prior to Week 1. The former Oklahoma quarterback was fighting for a depth spot on Minnesota's roster, and he is expected to serve a similar role in Jacksonville. His signing comes as a result of yet another Jaguars tight end hitting injured reserve, with Niles Paul suffering a sprained MCL on Sunday. James O'Shaughnessy is in line to start at tight for the team moving forward.

October 16, 2018 7:33 AM EST

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