The Le’Veon Bell experiment hasn’t gone according to plan for the New York Jets and now the expensive running back is taking reps with the second team offense.
The New York Jets signed Le’Veon Bell to a four-year deal worth $52 million last offseason and so far, that contract isn’t looking so good. Bell disappointed during his first (and so far only) season with the Jets, rushing for 789 yards and just three touchdowns.
While Bell did end the year with over 1,000 yards from scrimmage thanks to his 461 yards receiving, it wasn’t the kind of production the Jets were hoping for after they paid him a hefty chunk of change in the offseason.
Bell and head coach Adam Gase had a squabble over an apparent hamstring (or not?) injury that caused Gase to remove Bell from the scrimmage. Bell disputed the injury, voicing his thoughts on Twitter and making it known how upset he was with Gase and the team.
Bell took reps with the second team offense on Sunday at practice, which is never exactly a good thing.
The Jets signed Frank Gore this offseason and he’s the gift that keeps on giving as far as NFL running backs go. It’s rare for a running back to still be as effective as they once were at age 37, but that’s Frank Gore for you.
Bringing Gore in provides the Jets insurance in case they do continue to face drama with Bell. While taking second team reps doesn’t necessarily mean Bell isn’t the starter anymore, clearly Gase is sending a message to his running back.
The Jets need Bell to be good if they want any shot at turning this rebuild around, but so far it’s really blown up in their faces. The Jets would be able to get out of Bell’s contract with minimal damage after this season, so the 2020 season is do-or-die for Le’Veon Bell as far as his New York Jets career goes.