RB Le'Veon Bell - New York Jets
|6-2, 230||Born: 2-18-1992||College: Michigan State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Bell's absence should be short as he missed Week 14 because of an illness. We should have clarity about his Week 15 status soon because the Jets play on Thursday night.
General News (Wed Dec 11): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Tue Dec 10): practiced fully on Tuesday.
General News (Tue Dec 10): didn't play in Week 14 because of the flu, but he was seen bowling in Boonton, New Jersey on Saturday night from 10:30 pm to 1:00 am. Head coach Adam Gase said he won't discipline Bell because no team rules were violated, but he acknowledged it was a bad optic for Bell and the organization. "Yeah, I'd say so," Gase said Tuesday. Bell is expected to play in Week 15. For his part, Bell said "I don't feel bad about what I did. I didn't break any rules." According to beat writer Manish Mehta, Bell said dcotors told him to get out of the house and get moving and added that he lost eight pounds last week before bowling a 251.
General News (Tue Dec 10): is among the players the team is expected to make available via trade this offseason.
Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Tough matchup. Le'Veon Bell will return to the lineup Thursday after an illness cost him Week 14. Still, he won't be coming back to much fanfare. The Jets ran fine in last week's win over the Dolphins, with Bilal Powell churning out 74 tough yards before leaving with an injury and will miss this week. But their $35-million man has been a disappointment this year, as he has just 589 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns through 12 games. Bell has produced a paltry 3.2 yards per carry, and he's only topped 3.5 in 4 of those matchups. Even the run-soft Dolphins (66 yards), Bengals (32), and Jaguars (23) have been able to keep him from having any real impact on the game. Working with less burst than usual, and behind one of the league's shakiest front lines, Bell simply doesn't project to much of note for fantasy purposes. He's still a flex play due to his volume and receiving prowess, but doesn't look likely to generate much on the ground against the Ravens' reborn defense. With their ball-dominant offense and tendency to lead games, the Ravens don't generally face much rushing volume. That's kept their opponents' raw numbers under control, though there are indeed holes here to exploit. They're allowing just the league's sixth-most yards per game, but also the 10th-most per rush. Over the past 2 weeks, they've been shredded by Raheem Mostert (19 for 146 and a touchdown) and Devin Singletary (17 for 89) while being kept in neutral game flow. The Ravens boast a pair of dominators up front in Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams, who consistently control the trenches. But the rest of this unit has spent the year in full transition, replacing institutions like C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Weddle. Josh Bynes has been a true run-stopping find at inside linebacker, but there still enough lapses on the second level for dedicated run games to find success. The question for Week 15 is whether the flailing Jets can keep the game interesting enough to take advantage.
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 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.
Latest NewsJets | Le'Veon Bell sets season high for rushing (Fri Dec 13, 12:21 AM) - New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 21 times for 87 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15. Bell also had two receptions for one yard. link to story Jets | Le'Veon Bell cleared for Week 15 (Wed Dec 11, 04:35 PM) - New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 11, and has been taken off the injury report ahead of the game Thursday, Dec. 12, against the Baltimore Ravens. link to story Jets | Full practice for Le'Veon Bell (Tue Dec 10, 07:51 PM) - New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) practiced in full Tuesday, Dec. 10. link to story Jets | Tuesday's injury report for NY Jets (Tue Dec 10, 05:08 PM) - New York Jets S Jamal Adams (ankle), OT Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) and DL Quinnen Williams (neck) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 10. OT Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DL Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) and DL Nathan Shepherd (ankle) were limited. RB Le'Veon Bell (illness), CB Maurice Canady (shoulder), OL Tom Compton (ankle), QB Sam Darnold (knee, thumb), QB David Fales (elbow) and LB Paul Worrilow (quad) participated in full. link to story Jets | Le'Veon Bell likely to go on trade block? (Tue Dec 10, 02:27 PM) - New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is among the players the team is expected to make available via trade this offseason, according to sources. Our View: Bell doesn't believe he's being used enough, and Jets head coach Adam Gase has never been the biggest fan of the veteran back. His contract will make him tough to move. Bell has a cap hit of $15.5 million in 2020 and there is $17 million remaining in dead money.
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