RB Tatum Bell - Free Agent

5-11, 213Born: 3-2-1981College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 2, pick

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2008 Week 11 vs ATL (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

RB Tatum Bell saw a good amount of playing time despite only being re-signed earlier in the week. He split carries with RB Peyton Hillis and RB P.J. Pope, although Hillis saw the most carries. Bell failed on a fourth and one conversion attempt early in the game.

2008 Week 12 vs OAK (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell did not contribute much as the backup running back, averaging just over 2.0 yards per rushing attempt.

2008 Week 14 vs KC (11 / 52 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bell entered the game and was used sparingly after the Broncos had featured the running game extensively early, perhaps a telling sign. Bell did average 4.7 yards per attempt, though more than half of his yardage came on a 28 yard carry in the second half. Depending upon the injury status of Peyton Hillis and Selvin Young, Tatum Bell could be the sixth different featured running back for the Broncos this season, joining the aforementioned plus Michael Pittman, Ryan Torain and Andre Hall.

2008 Week 15 vs CAR (7 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bell ran seven times for 43 yards. He had a long run of 16 yards. Bell had two receptions for seven yards.

2008 Week 16 vs BUF (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Bell averaged four yards per carry in limited duty, but by the end of the game he was the only healthy running back left on the Denver sidelines. Look for the Broncos to make moves during the week to bolster the position, but you have to wonder who in their right mind would agree to take a job as a running back for the Broncos. They already have five runners on IR and that number will probably grow.

2008 Week 17 vs SD (8 / 86 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Bell looked surprisingly quick on the night, but really did not get a chance to run the ball more often due to the deficit Denver built. He hit holes fast and burst into the secondary on multiple runs, leading to two long touchdown runs. Part of this was due to great blocking but nevertheless Bell made good reads and finished on those plays.

2007 Week 1 vs OAK (15 / 87 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 6 / 0 rec)

Biggest news, Bell didn't fumble. Even better for his fantasy owners was his late touchdown, 87 yards and four receptions, albeit for only six yards. Expect him to continue to be the workhorse until Kevin Jones returns, and then for there to possibly be a RBBC situation. On his touchdown run, he got close to the Raiders' fans in the end zone and they showered him with whatever they were drinking. Bell didn't shy away as he knew he could point to the scoreboard.

2007 Week 2 vs MIN (9 / 14 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Bell was active in the passing game, but then again so was every player in a Lions uniform. It's his rushing duties that are supposed to separate him from the pack, but he did little to distinguish himself in this game. He was given a chance to show off late in the first half on a third and one carry, but he was stuffed for no gain. To that point, Detroit had made very little effort to establish the run and things didn't change after that. Bell also did a poor job in pass protection, often allowing blitzers to come through with very little resistance. He did have a nice reception in the third quarter, but it was his only worthwhile play of the game. It could be telling, or it could be meaningless, that all seven of his passing targets came when J.T. O'Sullivan was in the game. Jon Kitna seemed to far prefer throwing to his wide receivers over the running backs.

2007 Week 3 vs PHI (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)

Bell had two carries for a negative three yards in the first half. He only had two carries for three yards in the first half, but did add one catch for 16 yards. He had three caries for 23 yards in the second half and added another four catches for nine yards. It's important to note that RB Kevin Jones got the only goal line carry for the Lions.

2007 Week 4 vs CHI (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

In the second quarter, Bell lost a fumble on the Chicago five yard line without being hit. He was used sparingly for the rest of the game. He finished with 46 yards and caught one pass for another seven. His role in the Lions' offense seems to be ebbing as Kevin Jones returns to full strength.

2007 Week 5 vs WAS (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell started the game and played the first half, but did not touch the ball in the second half. He managed 15 yards on four carries, but could not get a rhythm established as the Detroit Lions never seemed to get the wheels of offense rolling.

2006 Week 1 vs STL (15 / 103 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Tatum Bell did start the game but shared carries with Mike Bell the entire contest as they rotated in-and-out on offensive possessions. He had 15 carries for 103 yards, including a 39 yard run on Denver's first play of the second half. Bell lost a fumble at the end of the first quarter, but this did not affect the rotation of him and Mike Bell. He had no receptions, but did have two targets in the game.

2006 Week 2 vs KC (16 / 69 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Tatum Bell was the starter this week for Denver. He alternated with Mike Bell as the primary running back. He saw just a little more action and managed slightly better yardage than Mike Bell. He appears to hold a slight edge as the number one rusher for the Broncos. He did have trouble breaking out against a determined Kansas City rush defense.

2006 Week 3 vs NE (27 / 123 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Bell carried for 123 yards on 27 carries. He was the workhorse for Denver. His solid running set up the pass for Jake Plummer. While he didn't score, he was valuable in this one for controlling the clock. He also caught two passes for 19 yards. Bell had two big runs of 19 and 21 yards in the game. His 19 yard run came right after Denver blocked a field goal. It set up Denver's first touchdown to Javon Walker right before the end of the first half.

2006 Week 5 vs BAL (19 / 92 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Tatum Bell caught a pass on his first touch of the game, but he fumbled and lost possession to Chris McAlister. Bell was effective on the ground. He converted on third and seven by breaking through for a 17 yard gain on the Broncos' third drive. He followed up with a 12 yard run. On the next drive Bell had an 11 yard gain for a first down and the Broncos were able to tie the game with a field goal. All nine of Bell's first half carries gained positive yardage. He was less effective in the second half as Cecil Sapp and Kyle Johnson spelled him on occasion. But with the clock running down, Bell had a key 12 yard carry to give the Broncos a first and goal at the five yard line. He was given a carry on the next play and he gained a yard before the drive was completed by a Rod Smith touchdown reception.

2006 Week 6 vs OAK (23 / 83 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)

Bell was the Broncos' workhorse, touching the ball 27 times. His running, especially in the first half, allowed Denver to have some long drives that ate up the clock. Bell scored a two yard touchdown run in the first quarter---it was the first time the Broncos have scored in the first quarter all season. He was also targeted frequently as a pass catcher out of the backfield, but a few of these went for losses. Bell's ability to get first downs on the ground, protect the ball, and eat up the clock was a big part of Denver's win.

2006 Week 7 vs CLE (24 / 115 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Bell showed good spark on his nine yard run around end to the right on his way to going over the 100 yard mark and averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the day. Bell scored the first touchdown of the game, running in for a nine yard score.

2006 Week 8 vs IND (13 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Thanks to Mike Bell's performance, Tatum Bell did not see much action in the second half. When he did play, he was unable to use his speed and averaged just over 2.0 yards per rushing attempt for the game. Bell re-aggravated his turf toe injury in the week 7 game last week and it's possible that might have been a factor in Sunday's game.

2006 Week 10 vs OAK (14 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Tatum Bell started for Denver in Week 10, but he was not very effective at all. He had two runs of nine yards each, and his other dozen carries added up to only 19 yards. Bell gained four yards or more just four times and picked up just two first downs on the ground.

2006 Week 13 vs SEA (23 / 133 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Bell had an excellent first half, and it was good enough to make him have a good game. He consistently ripped off big runs early in the game, including gains of 25, 31, and 17 yards. Tatum Bell only gained 22 yards in the second-half though, and wasn't much of a factor during the critical part of the game.

2006 Week 14 vs SD (17 / 116 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)

Bell became the first visiting player in 20 games (Curtis Martin in Week 2 of 2004) to reach the 100 yard rushing mark against the Chargers, no small feat against a run defense that has been touted as being one of the league's best for the past few seasons. Bell broke a 51 yard run up the right sideline early in the second quarter, his first run of more than fifty yards all season. Unfortunately for him, he stepped out of bounds at the 24 yard line - otherwise, he certainly would have scored on the play. Also impressive was his nose for the loose football. On two separate occasions, QB Jay Cutler was hit for fumbles, and each time, Bell was right there on the spot to recover the ball and save possession.

2006 Week 15 vs ARI (18 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Bell did not see as much action in this contest as his counterpart, Mike Bell. Tatum Bell finished up with 29 yards on the ground and another 12 yards through the air, catching both balls thrown his way.

2006 Week 16 vs CIN (12 / 50 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell started the game slowly and then got yanked after a second quarter fumble. He run well when he finally got some more carries late in the game, but this was against a tired Cincinnati rush defense. Shanahan seems quick to pull him as this is this second week in a row that he lost playing time after a fumble. He was second on the team in carries and rushing yards.

2006 Week 17 vs SF (12 / 48 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Bell did not play much after fumbling early in the second half. He ran hard but did not break any long runs. Prior to his fumble, he was splitting playing time with Mike Bell.

2005 Week 1 vs MIA (13 / 47 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Bell got his opportunity early due to an injury to Mike Anderson. He was good enough in the first half to take advantage of one very big hole in the Dolphins defense for a 30-yard run, but he was mostly stuffed by the Dolphins while running between the tackles. He had only 13 rushes all game long as the team was forced to abandon the running game in the second half. Bell was unable to gain any yardage on two runs from the from the three yard line and he was stuffed on a fourth and goal call. On a key third and goal from the one in the second half, Bell was again stuffed at the line.

2005 Week 2 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell was active in this game but did not see any carries. He appeared to be shaken up when covering a kick on special teams.

2005 Week 3 vs KC (5 / 47 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell came back from his ankle sprain successfully. He ran with authority and did not show any adverse effects from his earlier injury. He ran for a good average but was not used close to the goal line.

2005 Week 4 vs JAX (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Bell took good advantage of his running opportunities, and was almost as productive as Anderson in terms of yards per carry. He ran decisively and usually required more than one defender to bring him down. He spelled Anderson in both halves of the game and was utilized both between the tackles and on plays designed to go outside.

2005 Week 5 vs WAS (12 / 127 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Bell broke two huge runs that sealed the game for his team and put the starting job of Mike Anderson in doubt. The first occurred on a fourth and one on the Broncos' first drive. Bell received the handoff and started to the left, juked away from Phillip Daniels, and raced 34 yards for the touchdown. The second occurred during the third quarter on third and five. Bell swept to the right this time, juked a safety and was gone 55 yards for a score. Other than these two runs, Bell had ten carries for 38 yards. Bell looked quicker than Anderson to hit the hole and more elusive once he got through it. Bell was also in the game on the Broncos' lone red zone drive which ended in an Ashley Lelie touchdown catch.

2005 Week 6 vs NE (13 / 114 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Bell took great advantage of his running opportunities, and though he had two fewer carries than Anderson, he ran for exactly twice as many yards. This was in large part to a 68 yard run that began with him running up the middle and breaking free then displaying his speed. Bell was also utilized in the passing game, as Denver tried to make use of his game breaking ability in a variety of ways. Bell displayed he can tough it out between the tackles as he ran the ball on consecutive plays inside the Patriots' five yard line, scoring on the second run. This looks like a situation where Bell and Anderson will work as a one two punch.

2005 Week 7 vs NYG (8 / 60 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

In a game that many thought would be Tatum Bell's coming out party, he was overshadowed by Anderson. He was given just ten total touches in the game, and couldn't do much with nine of them. On one run, he scampered outside and burst 37 yards up the left sideline. It appeared that he may have enough speed to break it for a score, but the Giants' defenders took a good angle on him and he was pushed out of bounds. Still, even with that big gain, Bell's stats aren't overly impressive. Outside of that one run, he had nine touches for just 24 yards. So as you can see, it was really feast or famine with him - not necessarily the ideal way to sustain drives. Bell did get a carry near the goal line, but was stopped short. To make matters worse for Bell owners, Mike Anderson carried the ball on the very next play and did score.

2005 Week 8 vs PHI (14 / 107 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell broke a big run once again, rushing for a 67 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The touchdown helped solidify Denver's victory, as Philadelphia had climbed back to a 28-21 disadvantage. Bell had only gained 27 yards in the first three quarters, so the long score made his afternoon. Bell later added four carries on the final possession, including a six yard touchdown in the final minute. He also carried the ball inside the ten in both the first and second quarter, but could not make it all the way to the end zone. Both drives resulted in touchdown passes for Denver.

2005 Week 10 vs OAK (16 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

While Bell didn't post the gaudy numbers many of his owners had hoped for, there were several promising signs from this game. Bell got the majority of the early carries in the game, and once again was in for just about every third down situation. Not only that, he converted twice on rushes in third and short situations. And he even came close to scoring when he was tackled inside the five yard line on a screen pass. All of the good was slightly marred, however, with a costly fumble late in the game. Bell had just about received the handoff from Jake Plummer when he was met by a surging Derrick Burgess in the backfield. The fumble likely wasn't Bell's fault, and most NFL running backs this side of Curtis Martin would have likely fumbled as well. Still, with Bell's history, it's important to keep note of things such as this because Mike Shanahan has historically had a very low tolerance for fumblers.

2005 Week 11 vs NYJ (10 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Bell entered the game leading NFL in yards per carry, but was unable to break off any runs for big gains. He finished with only 34 yards on ten carries with a long run of seven yards. Bell left the game in the third quarter after landing hard on his right shoulder. Bell had a 20 yard touchdown reception call back on a play where he stepped out of bounds and then returned to the field of play.

2005 Week 12 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell did not play due to a bruised sternum suffered in Sunday's game against the Jets.

2005 Week 13 vs KC (5 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Bell's first three carries upon entering the game went for 13, 15, and 14 yards. He gave Denver an immediate burst of energy upon entering; unfortunately for Bell owners, his first carry did not come until midway through the third quarter. He wasn't heavily featured in the gameplan, though one has to wonder why not with all of the success he had.

2005 Week 14 vs BAL (16 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bell led the way for the Denver three headed rushing attack with 63 yards on 16 carries. He also caught two balls for 16 yards, but could not find the room to bust any big plays like he has all year. Bell had 16 rushes as opposed to Anderson's eight for the game.

2005 Week 15 vs BUF (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Bell was used to spell Anderson in the second quarter but only had three carries in the first half. He had a 22 yard run for a first down on the Broncos' second possession of the second half, and then made a nine yard reception to keep the following drive alive. Bell had a nine yard touchdown run negated by a holding penalty in the first half. He ended the game with 12 carries for 49 yards.

2005 Week 16 vs OAK (17 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Bell continues to contribute to the Denver running game, sharing time in the backfield with RB Mike Anderson. Bell started the second Broncos series as the single running back, but was later removed for Anderson near the goal line. Bell was utilized more than HC Mike Shanahan probably would have liked, as RB Mike Anderson sprained his left ankle in the early part of the third quarter. Bell had ten carries in the second half, including his usual staple of one big run. He broke off a 35 yard carry in the third quarter, the tenth time this season that he has rushed for 20 or more yards on a single play. Bell touched the ball 19 times including two short catches, and was relieved late in the game by RB Ron Dayne.

2005 Week 17 vs SD (17 / 52 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell obviously didn't have a great yardage day, getting only a little above three yards per carry on the afternoon. He was bottled up right from the outset, and found very little running room. Bell was in the game to try and get the 131 yards needed to join Mike Anderson as the fourth set of teammates (and first since 1995) to each gain 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. Bell came up short on the yardage, but did manage to find the end zone on three occasions. The first two touchdowns were more a product of Denver's excellent field position than anything else, but the third (from 19) was a nice run on which he broke several tackles on his way to paydirt.