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|Bell held out the entire 2018 season with the goal of protecting his body from injury and securing a lucrative free agent deal. While you could argue that Bell did not get the monster deal he anticipated, he did cash in with the Jets and enters 2019 with fresh legs and something to prove.
The problem for Bell is he left a team in the Steelers with a veteran QB, elite wide receivers, and one of the best offensive lines in the league to join a New York Jets squad that does not boast any of those three attributes. Like Todd Gurley in his second year, Bell may find out that even the best running backs can struggle when playing in an offense with a young quarterback and a substandard offensive line.
The saving grace for Bell is the presumed volume he will receive both the passing and ground game. The Jets did not give him $27 million guaranteed not to be used as a workhorse back, although it remains to be seen if head coach Adam Gase will use Bell like a workhorse.
Bell's supreme talent and likely elite touch volume will likely make him a first-round pick in most formats. Just don't be shocked if he does not put up Le'Veon Bell-esque numbers with Gang-Green.
| Le'Veon Bell gets good news on shoulder|
MRI showed no major damage
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 12, 6:10 pm
|Le'Veon Bell's MRI revealed no major damage or tears, per source. The test was mostly precautionary.
(ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Bell will have few if any restrictions for Monday night against the Cleveland Browns. The bigger issue for the Jets will be the downgrade from Sam Darnold to Trevor Siemian. It wouldn't be surprising if Bell saw more than the 23 touches he did against Buffalo in Week 1 while Sam Darnold recovers from his illness.
| Le'Veon Bell getting MRI on shoulder|
Will miss practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Sep 12, 11:00 am
|And one more piece of Jets’ news: RB Le’Veon Bell is undergoing an MRI on shoulder. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: And the hits just keep coming for the Jets. Darnold, Quincy Enunwa and now Bell has some shoulder soreness that the team wants to get checked out. We'll have to wait for MRI results to see what this means for Bell's availability, but you might want to grab Ty Montgomery in your league if he's sitting on the waiver wire.