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LeVeon Bell

LeVeon Bell

Running Back #26
ADP:Round: 3, Pick: 3
Team: New York Jets
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 230 lb.
College:Michigan State
Age:28
Born:February 18, 1992
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 2 (48)
Draft Team:PIT

LeVeon Bell: Looks set for lighter load

Coach Adam Gase said Monday that the Jets plan to take a "less is more" approach to Bell's usage in 2020, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: "Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch," Gase said, "to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it's just all on him all the time." Bell accounted for 311 combined carries and catches as the Jets' workhorse last season, but his efficiency (3.2 YPC) didn't nearly match his levels from 2014-17 with the Steelers. The 28-year-old's three-down skillset and fully guaranteed $13.5 million salary for 2020 no doubt locks him in as New York's top option, but it looks as though the team will count on at least one of La'Mical Perine, Kenneth Dixon or Josh Adams to step up as a backfield complement to Bell, which would eat into his total touches but could boost his effectiveness.

May 4, 2020 8:38 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Not mentioned in trade talks

General manager Joe Douglas said Bell hasn't been a topic of trade discussion, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: This doesn't mean the Jets won't listen to offers, but it does stand to reason that they'd have a hard time trading a running back with a fully guaranteed $13 million salary for 2020. Adam Gase may never have wanted to sign Bell in the first place, but the coach did reiterate Tuesday that he's been pleased with the running back's preparation, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. Gase also said it isn't a big deal if Bell decides to skip voluntary portions of the offseason program, something that drew considerable media attention last year.

February 25, 2020 10:01 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Facing uncertain future with Jets

Coach Adam Gase declined to comment on whether he wants Bell back with the team for 2020, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. "[Bell]'s under contract for three years. You can ask Joe (Douglas)," Gase said. "You can ask Joe tomorrow...I'm not in charge of personnel."

Analysis: Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in March, two months before the team fired former general manager Mike Maccagnan. There have been reports ever since about Gase being annoyed by the contract, though he's repeatedly praised Bell for his professionalism and effort level. The 27-year-old finished 2019 with career-worst marks for yards per carry (3.2), rushing yards per game (52.6) and total yards per game (83.3), rarely finding room to run behind a putrid offensive line. Gase and general manager Joe Douglas may not be fans of the original signing, but that doesn't necessarily mean Bell will end up with a different team, as it won't be easy to work out a trade for a running back with a $13 million salary fully guaranteed (per overthecap.com) for 2020. The contract doesn't have any guarantees beyond next season.

December 30, 2019 8:28 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Not much burst after move to NY

Bell rushed 16 times for 41 yards and caught all five of his targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 13-6 win over Buffalo.

Analysis: Bell finishes his first season in New York with 789 rushing yards on 245 carries for a career-low average of 3.2 yards per carry. He was involved as a receiver with 66 catches for 461 yards, but Bell didn't demonstrate much explosiveness -- his longest play from scrimmage went only 23 yards and he scored just four total touchdowns. Despite his pedestrian production following a year off, there are reasons for optimism heading into the second year of Bell's four-year deal with the Jets. The team finished the season 6-2 in the second half after going 1-7 in the first half, and it's unlikely the Jets will add any significant backfield competition for Bell given his hefty salary.

December 29, 2019 1:38 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Workhorse in revenge game

Bell rushed 25 times for 72 yards and caught all four of his targets for another 21 yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Bell got all the touches he could handle in a defensive-minded affair against his former team, as his 25 carries were the most Bell has received as a member of the Jets. He has averaged an underwhelming 3.3 yards per carry in 2019, but Bell's volume should give him a decent floor as the Jets look to keep playing spoiler when they travel to Buffalo in Week 17. Bell has 748 yards on the ground and 425 more as a receiver but just four total touchdowns with one game left in the season.

December 22, 2019 1:07 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Solid performance in loss

Bell (illness) rushed 21 times for 87 yards in the Jets' 42-21 loss to the Ravens and brought in both his targets for one yard in the Jets' 42-21 loss to the Ravens on Thursday.

Analysis: Bell enjoyed a solid return from a one-game absence due to illness against a typically stingy Ravens defense, notching a season high in rushing yards while tying his high-water mark in carries in 2019. The versatile back has endured a significantly underwhelming season overall, but he'll look to continue putting a strong cap on the campaign in a Week 16 matchup versus the Steelers a week from Sunday.

December 12, 2019 9:27 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Good to go

Bell (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation for Thursday night's game against the Ravens, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Jets listed Bell as a full practice participant Monday through Wednesday, which confirms that he's past the illness that kept him out of action in Week 14. He'll be needed plenty Thursday night, with Bilal Powell (ankle/illness) already ruled out and Ty Montgomery (foot/hip) listed as questionable this week.

December 11, 2019 2:46 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Practices in full Monday

Bell (illness) was listed as a full participant on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Bell was ruled out in advance of the Jets' Week 14 matchup with the Dolphins due to an illness, which kept him away from team facilities last Thursday and Friday. After a period of rest, he's back with the Jets on Monday and would have been well enough to take part in every drill, if they held practice. Earlier Monday, coach Adam Gase told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that Bell is "pretty close to 100 percent. He's not contagious anymore." Bell may immediately retake a workhorse role Thursday due to the banged up state of the backfield: Bilal Powell is dealing with an ankle injury and illness, while Ty Montgomery has foot and hip issues.

December 9, 2019 5:19 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Expected back Thursday

Bell (illness) is close to 100 percent and expected to play Thursday night against the Ravens, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Bell missed Sunday's win over the Dolphins with the flu, but he's been cleared to return to the Jets' facility Monday and is thus on track to return to action in Week 15. Meanwhile, Mehta adds that if the team had practiced Monday, Bilal Powell (ankle, illness) -- who filled in for Bell in Week 14 -- would not have participated.

December 9, 2019 2:43 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Will not play Sunday

Bell (illness) was downgraded to out ahead of Sunday's contest against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Unable to practice Thursday or Friday, it quickly became apparent Bell could be in serious jeopardy of missing Sunday's game, and the Jets took the drama out of the decision, ruling out the 27-year-old Saturday. Rich Cimini of ESPN.com suggested Friday that Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery would shoulder the load in the event Bell was eventually ruled out, with the former ultimately taking on a larger share of backfield. Powell has carried the ball just 32 times for 125 yards to go along with four catches for 14 receiving yards, but the 31-year-old has out-snapped Montgomery each of the last six weeks, albeit by a marginal amount.

December 7, 2019 2:02 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Officially questionable for Sunday

Bell (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: An ailment kept Bell from practicing Thursday and Friday, so the Jets will presumably wait and see how he progresses over the weekend before determining his status when he reports to the facility Sunday morning. Fortunately, the Jets and Dolphins will kick off among the early wave of games at 1 p.m. ET, leaving Bell's fantasy managers with some alternatives to turn to in the event he's ruled out. Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery are the Jets' next men up on the depth chart at running back.

December 6, 2019 1:12 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Will not practice Friday

Bell (illness) will not practice Friday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Bell will be unable to get on the practice field for the second day in a row.

December 6, 2019 7:38 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Under the weather

Bell (illness) won't practice Thursday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: We'll revisit Bell's status Friday, but as long as he's able to return to practice in some capacity, he'll be on track to suit up Sunday against the Dolphins.

December 5, 2019 8:01 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Plodding ways continue

Bell rushed 10 times for 32 yards and caught four of five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Bell had a 23-yard run called back on a holding call, and he didn't manage more than seven yards on any of his official rushing attempts. The 27-year-old running back has lacked explosiveness, failing to produce a run of 20-plus yards all season. While New York's poor offensive line can be blamed for some of Bell's struggles, he hasn't made the most of his opportunities in the open field when he's gotten them. The Jets continue to feed Bell as both a runner and a receiver, and his volume should be enough to make him a solid option at home against the Dolphins in Week 14.

December 1, 2019 1:43 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Over 100 scrimmage yards

Bell rushed 12 times for 49 yards and caught all five of his targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Bell topped 100 yards from scrimmage, but his fantasy owners will certainly be left wanting more considering his team won in blowout fashion. Quarterback Sam Darnold scored a four-yard rushing touchdown and threw for a pair of one-yard scores, preventing Bell from capitalizing on the team's opportunities in close. Bell has just four total touchdowns this season, but this scoreless game interrupted a two-game touchdown streak. He'll have a nice opportunity to get back into the end zone against the winless Bengals in Week 13.

November 24, 2019 1:52 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Salvages performance with score

Bell carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 11 win against the Redskins. He also added two receptions for 33 yards.

Analysis: Bell was held under wraps, as his longest gain on the ground went for just nine yards. However, his one-yard touchdown plunge early in the fourth quarter salvaged his day. While he was targeted only twice in the passing game, he converted both into receptions and capped the performance with a 21-yard gain through the air. Though he hasn't been as effective as a receiver as in season's past, Bell has now surpassed 30 receiving yards in three consecutive games. He'll draw another plus matchup in Week 12 as the Jets take on the Bengals.

November 17, 2019 2:01 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Active for Sunday's game

Bell (ribs/knee/illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Washington.

Analysis: Nine games into the 2019 season, Bell continues to dominate the Jets' backfield touches, but his 143 carries have yielded a modest average of 3.1 yards to go along with two rushing TDs. His fantasy utility has, however, been salvaged by his presence in New York's passing game, as the 27-year-old has hauled in 44 of his 55 targets for 276 yards and a TD. Bell does at least have a favorable matchup Sunday, with Washington 1-8 and coming off a pair of losses in which opposing backs Dalvin Cook (in Week 8) and Devin Singletary (in Week 9) turned in productive fantasy efforts.

November 17, 2019 8:39 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Expected to play Sunday

Bell (ribs/knee/illness), who is listed as questionable on the official injury report, is expected to to play Sunday against Washington, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Bell didn't practice Wednesday as a result of his illness. Bell was then able to log limited practices both Thursday and Friday, so this report adds to the positive outlook. Fantasy owners will still want to check that he's active before the 1 p.m. ET. kickoff.

November 17, 2019 1:25 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Listed as questionable for Week 11

Bell (ribs/knee/illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: The Jets' robust Week 11 injury report lists four players as out, one as doubtful and eight (including Bell) as questionable. Of that group, we suspect that Bell -- who logged limited practices both Thursday and Friday -- is among the players who will suit up Sunday, and fortunately for those considering the Jets' top back in fantasy lineups this weekend, the team kicks off at 1:00 ET.

November 15, 2019 1:02 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Will practice Friday

Bell (ribs/knee/illness) will practice on a limited basis Friday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Bell did not practice Wednesday as a result of his illness, but he will get some work in at the Jets' final two practice sessions of the week. While Bell's status for Week 11 will not be revealed until after practice, and a final decision on his availability may not come until game day, he seems to be on track to take the field Sunday against Washington.

November 15, 2019 8:03 AM EST

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