As if Patrick Mahomes needed any more offensive weapons, the Kansas City Chiefs went out and signed running back Le’Veon Bell last week. Now, the Chiefs get Bell to add to an already potent offense.
Things obviously weren’t working out with Bell, the New York Jets, and the coaching staff. Wherever the blame may fall, there seemed to be some confusion on what Bell’s role would be in the Jets offense … or lack thereof.
A big reason the Jets gave Bell his all-out release was his $8 million injury clause. Had Bell been injured long term, that’s $8 million out of their pockets in 2021. One would still think they would opt to trade him for a late rounder.
Bell seemed ecstatic about the Chiefs swooping in and grabbing him. As he watched the game last weekend, he eagerly tweeted that he couldn’t wait to join his new team on the field. He did just that this week in practice.
Will Bell Suit Up Sunday?
Head coach Andy Reid was rather vague in how much use the Chiefs would get out of Bell on Sunday against the Jets. He did say there was a good chance he would at least see the field.
Many may be asking why the Chiefs had the need for Bell, but rookie runner Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s numbers don’t exactly blow you away.
Edwards-Helaire is ranked 16th in the NFL in yards per carry at 4.7. He is ranked second in the league in rushing yards, mostly because he’s ranked third in attempts and his longest run of the season is 31 yards.
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With over 500 yards on the ground, you’d expect your leading rusher to have a handful of touchdowns as well. Edwards-Helaire only has one rushing touchdown on the season.
At the same time, it’s been a long time since Le’Veon Bell has knocked your socks off doing anything on the field. The Pittsburgh Steelers and that magical playoff run was long ago.
That paired with the fact that Andy Reid had to revamp his offensive line a third of the way through the season might be trouble for Bell’s running style. It’s yet to be seen what a patient running back looks like behind this new line.
The offensive line combination of Eric Fisher, Nick Allegretti, Daniel Kilgore, Andrew Wylie and Mike Remmers dominated last week against the Buffalo Bills. This was the first time this line combination had been used.
Let’s face facts, though. The Bills haven’t been very good against the run all season and had two starting defensive linemen on the bench. The Chiefs put 245 rushing yards up on their depleted defense.
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It looks like it’s possible we see what the defending champion Chiefs will look like all season on Sunday. Will it be a true tandem? Could we see the return of elite Le’Veon? Or will the rookie dominate the season?
One thing is certain. Reid and Mahomes are going to need to rally the troops for a run in 2020.