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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

5-11, 220Born: 8-4-1986College: Wayne State (MI)Drafted: ---

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General News (Tue Feb 2): said Monday, Jan. 25, that he is primed for a rebound in 2016, as he feels healthier entering the offseason than he has in year. "Going into my third year, I had a pretty good season. I feel probably just as good now as I felt then. So I really have an offseason when I can train the way I want to train and get after it," Bell said.

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs CHI (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 49 / 0 rec)

Running less than Matthew Stafford, Joique Bell collected all of his ground yardage on two of his three runs. His major contributions were on short passes that he was able to churn for additional yardage. In the fourth quarter, Bell's best play came when he caught a pass near the line of scrimmage and busted through defenders and to the inside for a 36 yard gain.

2015 Week 16 vs SF (7 / 13 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Another underwhelming performance was notched for Joique Bell against San Francisco. Averaging under 2 yards a carry, Bell struggled to move the ball. After a Blaine Gabbert fumble in the second quarter, Bell was able to score from the 1 yard line. Late in fourth quarter, Bell did have a nice 10 yard run when he was bottled up inside and bounced to the right to find some daylight. Unfortunately, the play was negated by a holding penalty.

2015 Week 15 vs NO (8 / 71 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Joique Bell wasn't utilized until the second quarter, and saw a heavy majority of his usage in the second half. He ran hard and found success as he only had two runs for no gain, which is an improvement from previous weeks. Bell was also used frequently in the pass attack on check-down throws and screen passes. On a short run in the third quarter Bell fumbled the ball while heading to the turf, but the ball was fortunately recovered by the offense. Bell found the end zone on a one yard scamper up the middle in the third quarter, and also executed a 36 yard screen pass in the closing minutes of the game to seal the win for Detroit.

2015 Week 14 vs STL (7 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Joique Bell had his second most productive game of the season, finding room to work between the tackles and being utilized through the air. On his second run of the day, Bell displayed the strength that was commonly seen last season, pounding his way through two defenders for a 13 yard run. A staple play for Detroit the last month, Bell was also used on a play action pass that he quickly turned up field for 17 yards. His most productive run on the day was an 18 yard scamper to the right where he found open field through a hole and burst for yardage.

2015 Week 13 vs GB (8 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Out of nine runs from Joique Bell, a startling six of them went for no gain or a loss of yards. His three runs for a gain yielded 17 yards. The big play of the day for Bell was in the third quarter when he was targeted on a play action pass for 18 yards. This is a play the Lions have run with great success over the last few weeks, but Bell's overall production out of the backfield was less than appealing in this game.

2015 Week 12 vs PHI (7 / 25 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 57 / 0 rec)

Joique Bell's role as the primary rushing back was reassigned in this game. Seeing only seven carries throughout the game, even with the game well out of hand in the second quarter, Bell could only muster 25 yards on the ground. The majority of Bell's production actually came in the passing game where he gained 57 total yards on two well run plays. A third pass to Bell on a fade route 20 yards down the field hit the back's hands perfectly, but Bell dropped the ball. He had beaten the defender and would likely have scored on the play.

2015 Week 11 vs OAK (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

The game plan for Joique Bell on Sunday was eerily similar to last week. After being fed the ball five times in the first quarter, Bell wasn't used again until Detroit was milking the clock in the fourth. However, when taking a look at his first quarter success, it's not that surprising. On four runs, Bell managed 4 total yards. At the end of the first quarter he did make a catch on play action and turned it into an 18 yard gain. On the bench until late in the game, Bell gained 8 yards on three runs in the fourth quarter. Two were less than impressive, while his first on the series was a 5 yard gain after contact at the line in which he spun away from for a positive gain.

2015 Week 10 vs GB (14 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

The ground game of Detroit continued its reign of boredom against the Packers. Of Joique Bell's thirteen runs, a shameful nine of them went for 1 yard or less, with five of them being a loss of yardage. The remaining four plays were equally distributed between runs between and outside of the tackles, the largest gain being up the middle for 6 yards. Bell was utilized on one pass play where he saw both the play action fake and reception, gaining 8 yards out of the backfield.

2015 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Used minimally through the first three quarters, Joique Bell was still the most active running back for Detroit during that span. Bell's first run of the game was a ridiculous 32 yard scamper off the left tackle. The run was reminiscent of Bell's 2014 campaign, as he ran hard and was able to cut through the defense. Unfortunately for Bell and Detroit, his production for the remainder of the game was less than thrilling aside from a 7 yard run up the middle late in the first and a hard run to the left for 11 yards in the second. Even after Bell's initial big run to start the game, Detroit shied away from the run and failed to commit to the ground game with the game still in reach.

2015 Week 7 vs MIN (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Bell continues to be the odd man out in the backfield and while he looked fine on his touches, his status won't likely change unless something happens to Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

2015 Week 3 vs DEN (10 / 6 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Used exclusively on early down and short yardage situations, Joique Bell was sent between the tackles the majority of the time. His success ranged from short gains to lost yardage. While he did manage a short one yard touchdown over the top of the line, he later failed to convert a two point conversion. Bell's involvement continues to trend downward, as his role is diminishing with the success of Abdullah and the offensive line is not suiting his game.

2015 Week 2 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet day for the Detroit backfield as Minnesota's front seven did quite well at limiting Bell on the ground. Gaining only 2 yards on four carries, Bell offered nothing inspiring on the ground. He was, however, prosperously utilized for a two point conversion at the end of the game. Similar to week one, Bell's receiving stat line looks acceptable, but if not for a 16 yard reception, it would have been below par.

2015 Week 1 vs SD (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Possibly on a pitch count coming off of injury, Bell was used sparingly Sunday. Playing behind Ameer Abdullah for much of the game, Bell executed two successful runs up the middle for seven and eight yards respectively. He was utilized in the passing game twice, but statistically, if not for a 24 yard play-action screen pass, things would have appeared more underwhelming for Bell. Time will tell if his usage will increase with his health, but if Abdullah continues to perform, Bell may not see as much time as he would like.

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Latest News

Lions | Joique Bell feeling good into offseason (Mon Jan 25, 10:14 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell said Monday, Jan. 25, that he is primed for a rebound in 2016, as he feels healthier entering the offseason than he has in year. 'Going into my third year, I had a pretty good season. I feel probably just as good now as I felt then. So I really have an offseason when I can train the way I want to train and get after it,' Bell said.

Our View: Dynasty owners shouldn't feel too good about Bell. The team drafted Ameer Abdullah last year, and while some think he's nothing more than a change-of-pace back we could see Abdullah get a shot to be more. Abdullah looks like the lead back for the Lions in 2016, making Bell more of the part-time player.
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