RB Le'Veon Bell - New York Jets
|6-2, 230||Born: 2-18-1992||College: Michigan State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Le'Veon Bell's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs BUF (16 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
Bell ended the day with just 16 carries, which is baffling enough before you realize he got just four carries in the second half. He also saw just one target in he third and fourth quarters, though everything thrown his way was caught. Bell continued to struggle behind a poor offensive line, and like the rest of the season, never got into a rhythm. He finishes the season with no games of 100 plus yards on the ground and under 1,000 yards for the first time while healthy since his rookie season.
2019 Week 16 vs PIT (25 / 72 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
For the second week in a row, Bell got a ton of carries, but is still seeing only a handful of targets, though he caught everything thrown his way. The Steelers run defense was a stout one, and Bell is behind a poor offensive line. His yards per carry came down again and while he looked good early -- three of his first four carries were for seven yards, and five of his first seven carries were five yards or more -- the longer the game went, the more he struggled, with him running for -2 yards on three carries in the final drive, handing the ball back to Pittsburgh for a final shot to win. The blame for some of that still falls on the offensive line, and some of it is because the Steelers defense was both determined to stop their former teammate and able to focus on him due to poor play on the part of the Jets passing game. Still, Bell has not looked right all season, and continues to struggle with finding and getting through the hole, breaking free of tacklers and creating more yards in space.
2019 Week 15 vs BAL (21 / 87 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
On the plus side, Bell's carries were tied for his highest of the season, and his rushing yards yards were the most he had. In terms of negatives, he saw almost no targets and had his lowest total of receiving yards all season. He did look a little better running the ball than he has most of the season, so perhaps not playing against Miami was a plus. Bell did do much of his damage in the first half, before the game got completely out of control, and Sam Darnold was forced to throw the ball to try and get back into the game. His longest run -- a fifteen yard scamper early in the first quarter -- epitomized what he has to do in order to succeed in this offense. On the play, he took the ball, followed the fullback to the right and didn't hesitate or dance -- just ran through the hole while it existed, which admittedly was longer than normal for this offensive line. The problem was, for all the carries he got, Bell never quite established a rhythm, as the playcalling seemed to shift away from him just when he appeared to get rolling. For example, after that 15 yard carry, the Jets called three passes -- two of which went incomplete -- and one run, which went to Ty Montgomery for a single yard, stalling the drive.
2019 Week 13 vs CIN (10 / 32 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Coming into the game, the Cincinnati Bengals were the worst run defense in the league, but they didn't look like it on Sunday, although for some reason the Jets' gameplan barely involved LeVeon Bell. Head coach and offensive mastermind Adam Gase called just nine runs out of 37 plays in the opening two quarters, with a grand total of five coming for Bell in the first half. The play calling on those runs wasn't very creative either, as often they were straight ahead into the teeth of the defense. Bell had a solid yards per carry average and while the Jets trailed for much of the game, they weren't getting any traction throwing the ball, but refused to use the run on a consistent basis. He did have one drop to start the game, which he redeemed with two 11 yard catch and runs, but he was only targeted two times in the second half. He had a very nice 23-yard run called back due to one of the numerous offensive line penalties by the Jets as well.
2019 Week 12 vs OAK (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Bell continues to struggle running the ball and while some of that can be chalked up to his bad offensive line, something about him looks off. Whether it's hesitation due to the blocking or due to an injury, we can't be sure but he doesn't look quite right. He did see a lot of work early, and his yards per carry was above 4 for once, but the Jets didn't lean on him as hard as they might have, giving him just four carries and one target in the second half, though they only led by ten points. One place he does continue to excel - and where the team is finally using him on a consistent basis - is as a receiver. Bell caught all five of his targets, including a tremendous one-handed grab down the sideline with a defender draped all over him in the early first quarter. One the play, Bell lined up in the Jets slot position to the right of the formation. He ran an out-and-up, but couldn't quite shake the defender. Quarterback Sam Darnold did a nice job throwing the ball where only Bell could get it, but the running back couldn't really get both arms free and he was forced to corral it with only his right hand. He did just that, and held onto it all the way to the turf. Bell would later show some strength with a stiff arm which he used to drive a Raiders defender to the turf with during a run up the sideline after catching a short pass to the right of the formation. He completely obliterated the defender, though Bell was also forced out of bounds.
2019 Week 11 vs WAS (18 / 59 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Bell continues to struggle behind this offensive line, but some of it is definitely self-inflicted. Bell appears to hesitate now before hitting the hole, and several times doesn't seem to trust that the hole will hold. He continues to show plenty of toughness running, as shown by the extra push he gave to score his touchdown, but overall Bell is struggling. He was also sick last week, and has an issue with his knee, so both things may be holding him back as well. Bell did see a little bit of work in the pass game, and lined up in the slot once or twice, including on a 21-yard catch, but he's not seeing much use as a receiver.
2019 Week 10 vs NYG (18 / 34 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
The heavyweight championship battle at running back between LeVeon Bell and Saquon Barkley was a real dud, as neither player was able to find any room to run, and both were clearly not at 100 percent. Bell was constantly met at or behind the line of scrimmage by multiple defenders and even his ability to make players miss didn't do much to help him. Bell was much more effective as a receiving back, catching all four of his targets. It's not for lack of effort or physical strength, and Bell bulled his way in for a touchdown to seal the win later in the game. He's definitely still seeing a lot of attention while teams dare Sam Darnold to torch them, something which isn't happening.
2019 Week 9 vs MIA (17 / 66 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 55 / 0 rec)
Bell finally saw a decent amount of touches, but it wasn't terribly consistent and the offensive line play is so bad, even he is wearing down to the point of irrelevance. He may have struggled in part due to a knee injury his coach said the team was unaware of. His only decent run was a 14 yard play late which came in part because the Dolphins were content to sit back and play deep on a 3-and-22 for the Jets offense. The nature of his injury remains unknown as of Monday night.
2019 Week 8 vs JAX (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
It's baffling that a player who is as good as Bell was as underutilized as he was against Jacksonville, especially with as badly as his quarterback was being beaten on. Bell only carried the ball nine times, and just three times in the second half. He didn't see the ball on passing downs very often either, which makes it three weeks in a row where he's a minimal factor in the passing game. Bell continues to show patience waiting for holes to form and quickness running through them, but they are few and far between and this week the defense he faced finally slowed him down enough to limit his yards per carry. He did do a great job as a misdirection on one of tight end Ryan Griffin's touchdowns, as most of the defense followed the former Steeler and Griffin was left relatively open. Again, though, nine carries is not much for a back like Bell.
2019 Week 7 vs NE (15 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Bell is the only decent constant in an otherwise putrid offense. He does get a little better blocking on run plays than Sam Darnold does on pass plays, but even then a lot of what Bell accomplished was because he is a transcendent talent. Against a top-shelf run defense, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and many of those were hard yards. He might have been in line for a monster day if the Jets hadn't fallen so far behind, so quickly, but what's somewhat baffling is the lack of targets. In two weeks, he's seen just five targets, lower than the eight he was averaging with Darnold out. With no Chris Herndon and a fierce pass rush by New England, why did the Jets not try to use him more to relieve the pressure on Darnold with screens and quick passes?
2019 Week 6 vs DAL (14 / 50 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Bell finally had a touchdown but there are some concerning things coming out of this game. First, Bell carried the ball just 14 times, most of which came in the first half when he had nine carries. It didn't help that Dallas ate up nearly ten minutes of the fourth quarter on one drive either, nor did the fact that the offensive line is still struggling to open holes in the run game. The Jets only had the ball three times (including the kneel downs o end the game) in the second half, and held the ball for just 11:50 compared to the Cowboys' 18:04 with only one first down compared to six for Dallas. All that means is that Bell couldn't get the ball much of the second half, and that the Jets are still unable to get him enough blocking for him to gain the tough yards. More concerning is the steep drop in targets, from nine last week to one this week. That might not improve whenever tight end Chris Herndon returns.
2019 Week 5 vs PHI (15 / 43 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 45 / 0 rec)
There's only so much Bell can do with no offensive line blocking and a stacked box on every down. He was able to break off one decent length run of 13 yards, and he is catching plenty of ball -- saving his production from a complete disaster -- but the Eagles knew he was the only weapon for this offense and keyed on him relentlessly, containing him nearly all game.
2019 Week 3 vs NE (18 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Sunday was the day the poor Jets offense finally caught up with Bell, as the Patriots continually swarmed the running back and gave him no room to run. He did catch all four of his targets, which puts him at 20 catches on 23 targets for the year, with his 121 yards making him the second most productive receiver for the team behind Jamison Crowder.
2019 Week 2 vs CLE (21 / 68 / 0 rush, 10 / 10 / 61 / 0 rec)
Bell is now the lone bright spot on an offense which is mired in conservative mediocrity. The offensive line is struggling terribly and not opening holes for him, so it's a good thing that he's capable of creating production on his own. That said, he had a hard time breaking off runs, especially early. Where Bell's value truly shone Monday night was in the passing game, which he led in targets, receptions and yards, as he caught every single ball thrown his way. One of his better plays was when he broke off a 17-yard catch and run at the end of the third quarter. On the play, he chipped in on a quick block to help out the right tackle, then popped out into the open where Luke Falk hit him with the pass. Bell turned upfield, juked a defender and then hopped over another one on his way to a first down and then some. Unfortunately, for all the good he did, the evening was marred by a fumble in the fourth quarter with just over 7 minutes left. As with the previous play, Bell took a pass - this time on a screen play - and headed up field, dodging one tackler at the 24 yard line and hauling tail into the red zone. When lowered himself to deliver a hit at the five yard, however, the ball popped out and Cleveland recovered. The game was likely out of reach, but considering how hard Bell had been playing, it was a disappointing note.
2019 Week 1 vs BUF (17 / 60 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 32 / 1 rec)
The big free agency signing on the offensive side of the ball, Bell was a bright spot on the offense against the Bills, despite a shaky offensive line. While his overall yards per carry was just 3.5, that was when the Bills defensive front was working to tee-off on Bell and stacked the box. In the first half he had way more success, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Not coincidentally, that was when the offense was having more success through the air as well. He was also a frequent target in the passing game, and showed off not only his ability after the catch on short screens, but great hands, specifically on his shoe-string catch for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the jets a 16-0 lead.
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