RB Kahlil Bell - Free Agent

6-0, 219Born: 12-10-1986College: UCLADrafted: ---

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2012 Week 3 vs STL (10 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

With the injury to Matt Forte, the Bears have signed Kahlil Bell to help share the load at RB. Bell came in to give Michael Bush a break, but he was almost completely ineffective when he ran the ball. The bulk of his production came mid-way through the second quarter. Bell took a check down on 2nd and 10 and picked his way forward for an 11 yard gain. After a false start by the OL, Bush took an off tackle run and broke it to the outside for a big 18 yard gain. Bell had nine other carries on the day for a grand total of two additional yards. He looked tentative when he was running the ball and the Rams were able to push the pile back every time he was in the backfield. When Forte comes back, you can expect that either Bell or Armando Allen will be cut.

2012 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell came in for one series late in the game for Chicago. He had two carries, including a two yard plunge up the gut and a 10 yard gain on third and 19, where he pushed the pile up the gut for 10 yards. He was also called for a false start penalty on that drive. He's #3 back on the team behind Michael Bush and Matt Forte.

2012 Week 13 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

After McKnight left with an injury, Bell became the Jets' change of pace back and appeared on lengthy third downs. Greg McElroy scrambled to the right and dumped the ball off to Bell. Bell took a big hit and fumbled the ball away. Bell's fumble turned into three points for Arizona.

2012 Week 16 vs ARI (13 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell came in for Forte once the lead back hurt his ankle and the game was out of hand. He ran the ball hard but struggled to break tackles or really do much damage. Where Forte was able to make defenders miss and hit the hole quickly, Bell didn't show vision, power or cutting ability. If Forte's ankle is more serious than he is letting on, the Bears might be in trouble next week as Bell showed nothing to engender confidence.

2012 Week 17 vs DET (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell filled in for Matt Forte but was limited to just a couple carries. He ran hard when he had the ball, but his longest carry was for just six yards in the second quarter. He had another five yard carry on the next play but after that, he was stuffed for minimal gains.

2011 Week 1 vs ATL (10 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell had a rather unlucky game as two of his biggest plays in the game were twice negated by holding penalties from his teammates. Early in the game he was used almost exclusively to spell Forte and had little success on the ground. The Bears know Forte is their main weapon and Bell is used to keep Forte fresh. Bell is not dynamic like Forte but can give the Bears an option to go to when needed. The Falcons kept close contain on him and he was never able to get to the outside or make anything big happen.

2011 Week 2 vs NO (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Back up to Matt Forte. He was handed the ball one time and met by a defender behind the LOS and was never called upon the rest of the day.

2011 Week 13 vs KC (4 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell saw limited action after Matt Forte went down with a sprained MCL. With Barber as the primary ball carrier, Bell came in to give him a breather. His four carries all came on Chicago's final series of the third quarter, and he finished with Chicago's longest run of the day. On his third carry, Bell took advantage of some great blocking, and took an off tackle run up down the right side of the field for a huge 26 yard gain. On the run, Bell went 18 yards before the first KC defender was able to lay a hand on him, and he barreled forward for another eight before being taken down. With Forte out for an extended period of time, he becomes the #2 back behind Barber.

2011 Week 14 vs DEN (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 24 / 0 rec)

The Bears relied heavily on their running game this week and that created some opportunities for Bell to get more involved. He responded with perhaps his best game of the year. He spelled Barber at times in the running game and picked up 40 yards on 9 carries. With Hanie struggling to throw the ball downfield much, Bell also wound up leading the team in receptions with 5 although he only managed to pick up 24 yards through the air.

2011 Week 15 vs SEA (15 / 65 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)

Bell made the most of his opportunities early in the game and ended up carrying a little more than half of the workload in the ground game. He showed both good power and speed at times, but struggled with consistency. On some plays, he seemed to hurt himself by trying to do too much, when a few yards straight ahead would have been preferable to a loss or no gain. An area where Bell could continue to excel is as a receiver, as he led the team in catches and yardage. He exploited the matchup with a linebacker on his TD catch, gaining separation easily when the ball was thrown and scooting into the end zone untouched. His long gain of 15 yards was a gimme with it coming on an obvious passing down with little time left on the clock, but the simple fact is that in general, Bell looked a little faster, a little more explosive than Marion Barber and that should get him at minimum half the carries until Matt Forte returns from injury.

2011 Week 16 vs GB (23 / 121 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Bell had an excellent game as the primary ball carrier for Chicago, taking advantage of a week Green Bay run defense to control the clock and gash the Packers for big gains. Bell opened the game with six carries for 34 yards and after a pass to Roy Williams, Bell had another carry and finished the drive with a 12 yard screen pass that set up the field goal attempt to Gould. On the second drive, Bell had four more carries 23 yards, giving him 11 carries for almost 60 yards in the first quarter. The Packers had no answer for Bell, and even when they were stacking seven and eight men in the box, Bell was still able to push for solid gains. 13 of his 23 caries were for five or more yards, and he nearly had a TD to start the second half, but fumbled on the goal line. He had another fumble later in the game and he also missed the block on Clay Matthews that allowed Matthews to release and make the first interception. Bell also added four receptions for 38 yards, including a nice 19 yard catch run on a screen pass in the second quarter.

2011 Week 17 vs MIN (17 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)

It was tough sledding for Bell as the Vikings showed no respect for the pass and Bell found little room to run as a result. On his 4th carry of the day, Bell's fumbling problems resurfaced. He was running left when he was hit low and the ball just popped loose with no help from a defender. Bell's biggest run of the day came on his next carry, a 15 yard run up the middle through one of the few big holes he saw all day. After getting just three carries in the middle two quarters, the Bears went back to the run in the 4th quarter, albeit with limited success. He seemed much more concerned with holding on to the ball than picking up big yardage, although he did have one nice 12 yard run on 3rd and 8, spinning off two tacklers. Bell did a nice job catching the ball out of the backfield, and led the team with 5 receptions.

2009 Week 11 vs PHI (4 / 81 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell made his NFL debut in week 11, playing in place of the injured Garrett Wolfe. Bell promptly broke a 72 yard run on a straight ahead carry up the gut. He really gave the Bears running game a spark every time he touched the ball. It remains to be seen if he has earned himself additional playing time with this showing.

2009 Week 13 vs STL (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell got a lot of work in this one as the Bears nursed their lead, including multiple red zone touches, but his work was uninspiring. Bell's burst, vision, strength, creativity, and lateral agility all looked below average for an NFL RB. He slipped and fell on his first carry, and his blitz pickup was also half-hearted at times. He's only in because of injuries to Kevin Jones, Adrian Peterson, and Garrett Wolfe, and he's not doing much with his opportunity.

2009 Week 14 vs GB (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell spelled Matt Forte, and he ran with spirit, but his burst and quickness show you why he was an undrafted free agent who needed to have two injuries happen in front of him to get on the field.

2009 Week 15 vs BAL (6 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell got some touches in the red zone, including a first down conversion to set up first and goal, but he looks like an average backup RB with good enough burst, quicks, and toughness to hang on a roster, but not do much more.

2009 Week 16 vs MIN (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell got a drive to himself in the second quarter, and made good gains on his three carries. He also threw a nice block to allow Cutler to hit Greg Olsen for the game's first TD.

2009 Week 17 vs DET (11 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bell was used in spot relief of Matt Forte and was extremely effective in the limited opportunities that he had. He started off the game strong, racking up 18 yards on his first three carries, including a strong 10 yard power run up off tackle on the fourth play of the game. Bell stepped in again late in the third quarter to help Matt Forte grind down the Lions and hold on for the win. He and Forte make a nice one-two punch for the Bears, and should be even more effective next season.