Jets players rave about new teammate Le’Veon Bell
By Luke Easterling
The New York Jets added a dynamic weapon in running back Le’Veon Bell, and his new teammates are already raving about what he brings to the team.
Le’Veon Bell has only spent one day in uniform and on the practice field for the Jets, but he’s already made a significant impression on his new teammates.
The team’s mandatory minicamp kicked off Tuesday, and fellow Jets are raving about what be brings to the table, both on and off the field. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has already been impressed by Bell’s playmaking ability, and believes the star running back’s track record speaks for itself (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
It’s a guy who’s been doing it for years. Proven that he can do it over and over again. Even though we didn’t have pads on and we didn’t take a lot of reps, you could kind of see what he’s able to do with the ball in his hands. He had one play where he kind of had a few jukes in there. Like I said, it’s not pads, but you can at least see that he has those moves in him.
Second-year quarterback Sam Darnold was impressed with Bell’s eagerness to learn the team’s new offensive scheme under new head coach Adam Gase:
I would communicate the play to him and he would kind of run it in his head even if he wasn’t out there. It was very good communication in terms of that, so it was very good to kind of have him back there and us communicating with him. He’s very eager to learn, which is really good, and we’re excited to have him out there.
After sitting out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell has plenty to prove. He opted to train on his own throughout the offseason, skipping the Jets’ voluntary workouts.
While many criticized him for not getting valuable reps with his new teammates, it appears clear that Bell is wasting little time getting acclimated to his new surroundings. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if he hits the ground running once the games start this season.