Despite any criticism to the contrary, New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell is making it clear that team success is more important to him than personal gain.
After sitting out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell certainly developed his share of detractors. Critics of Bell labeled him a selfish player who put his own needs ahead of his team.
Heading into his first season with the Jets, Bell is ready to put those doubts to rest.
Speaking just days into training camp, Bell made it clear that he values team success over his own need to have the ball in his hands (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
If I have 19 touches and we win the Super Bowl, do you think I care? I don’t. I just want to go out there and do what I can to help this team win games. When I’m out here in practice, I’m helping the defense because I feel like I’m going to make those guys go hard tackling me and tagging me off in practice. The same thing, the defense is also helping me.
I just want to make sure we keep getting better. I don’t get care how many touches I get, how many touchdowns. I just want to win games.
Bell certainly figures to be the focal point of the Gang Green offense in 2019, but there are plenty of talented weapons for the Jets to feed the football, as well.
New York’s receiving corps includes an underrated pair of returning starters in Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, while the addition of free agent Jamison Crowder gives them one of the league’s most explosive slot targets.
Behind Bell, the Jets have strong depth in the backfield, as well. Free agent addition Ty Montgomery gives New York another versatile back who can impact the game on all three downs, while Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell are more than capable of giving the team quality touches in order to keep Bell as fresh as possible throughout the season.
Despite missing the playoffs for eight years straight, the Jets could easily turn themselves into contenders with Bell’s help. It appears that is his primary motivation heading into the season.