TE Blake Bell - Dallas Cowboys
|6-6, 252||Born: 8-7-1991||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 4, pick 117 (2015)|
2018 Week 14 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Bell pulled in a few catches, including one that gained a first down off of a Cody Kessler rollout, but didn't have an appreciable effect on the game.
2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
On his first target, Bell ran a slant-and-go route (aka "sluggo") that came open between the Jets' intermediate and deep zones. Colin Kaepernick lofted the ball into his waiting arms 17 yards down field, and he ran another for another 13 after the catch. Bell's second target was set up by his first, but it fell incomplete. This time, he gave a shoulder-fake as if to run the "go" in sluggo, but instead continued with his slant. Linebacker Darron Lee bit hard on the fake, so Bell found himself with a step of separation across the middle. Unfortunately, he dropped the perfectly placed pass.
2015 Week 12 vs ARI (3 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)
Almost all of Bell's yardage came on a long catch-and-run early in the third quarter. From his alignment at slot right, Bell ran a short crossing route. Rather than following him, Bell's defender, linebacker Markus Golden, let him go in favor of chasing down Gabbert, who had rolled out to the right. Seeing Bell wide open, Gabbert threw clear across the field, allowing him to gain 42 untouched yards after the catch.
2015 Week 13 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The box score says three targets for Bell, but one of them was misassigned by the official score keeper. (It was a deflected red zone pass intended for Draughn, not Bell.) His two legitimate targets approached Torrey Smith levels of Jekyll-and-Hyde hands. One was a drop on third down that would have picked up a first down. The other resulted in a catch when Bell reached back behind himself with two hands on a poorly thrown dumpoff.
2015 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Bell led the 49ers in receiving yardage, but 9 of those 49 yards came during Cleveland's quarter of defensive indifference to end the game. Otherwise, Bell's inability to properly execute his responsibilities in pass protection played a role in (at least) two Browns sacks.
2015 Week 15 vs CIN (8 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
After Vance McDonald literally handed the Bengals a 10-point lead, Bell assumed the role of San Francisco's primary receiving tight end. In the ensuing half of football, Bell's lone highlight was a 27-yard reception late in the fourth quarter that set the 49ers up with first down at the Cincinnati 28-yard line down 10 at the two-minute warning. On the play, Bell beat linebacker Rey Maualuga's man-to-man coverage down the seam. Otherwise, Bell did nothing of note besides being a frequent dumpoff outlet, to varying degrees of success because of Blaine Gabbert's inconsistent accuracy on short throws.