There’s been a notable absence from the New York Jets’ offseason program, but new head coach Adam Gase knows running back Le’Veon Bell will be ready to roll when it matters most.
One of the top prizes on this year’s free agent market, Bell skipped all of last season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finally got his new contract in the offseason, but from the Jets, who added him to a promising offense full of young talent.
But even with Bell doing his usual offseason training apart from his new team, Gase isn’t concerned about the readiness of his new offensive weapon (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
I figured he was going to do the same routine that he’s been doing the last two or three years. I knew that he was down in that Boca/Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area working with the same guy for a while. I know he feels comfortable with that, which I’m good with. I know once we hit training camp, he’ll be ready to go.
While rumors circulated in recent weeks about a potential rift between Bell and Gase, both parties squashed it publicly.
There may be some fans who believe Bell is missing out on valuable opportunities to build chemistry with his new teammates, as well as a familiarity and confidence in Gase’s new playbook. If Bell gets off to a slow start once the regular season rolls around, those voices are likely to grow louder.
But for now, it appears the people closest to the situation, with the most to gain or lose, aren’t too worried about Bell getting his 2019 prep done elsewhere.