The New York Jets will have a new-look offense in 2019, and star running back Le’Veon Bell believes it will bring plenty of excitement to Gang Green nation.
The Jets have made some massive changes at every level this offseason, from replacing their general manager and coaching staff to adding some of the league’s top players on both sides of the ball to an already promising roster.
One big change will be the new offensive scheme installed by new head coach Adam Gase. Another will be the presence of Le’Veon Bell, one of the NFL’s most versatile and dynamic running backs.
After sitting out the entire 2018 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a contract dispute, Bell is ready to hit the ground running with his new team, and he’s thrilled about what his teammates and Gase’s playbook bring to the table (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
I feel amazing. I went out there for my first practice in over a year, and it felt amazing to be out there. Just interacting with the guys, being able to trash talk, and all things like that. Make some plays, and just challenge people. Just being around the building and things like that, it’s an amazing feeling. I’m glad that I’m here, and everybody welcomed me with open arms, and I’m ecstatic.
I think we have a lot of potential. We have young guys, obviously a young quarterback, too. I know a lot of guys have the talent, we just have to find our little niches. I think this offense can be very exciting. We’ve got a lot of playmakers. A lot of it is going to come from me being a leader and things like that, kind of showing guys the ropes, and I’m looking forward to taking that role. I’m excited.
Bell has a rare and unique skill set that has made him one of the NFL’s most dangerous offensive weapons, both as a runner and a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He spent most of the offseason training on his own, but recently joined the team for mandatory minicamp.
With an offense that boasts a young franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, an underrated group of pass-catchers led by Robby Anderson, and a more aggressive offense under Gase, the Jets offense could come out firing in a big way this season.
After spending an entire year away from the game, Bell is clearly ready to make up for lost time and live up to the high expectations in his first season in New York.