New York Jets RB Le’Veon Bell ‘hates watching’ Sam Darnold play

Ruben Hill
August 22, 2019

Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell's chemistry this season will be vital for the Jets' offense to flourish.

Nothing too hard or violent, but just enough for him to feel it.

"Give me a little something", he tells some of the veterans on defense.

Bell hasn't played in a game in almost 20 months, a lengthy layoff as a result of his contract dispute with Pittsburgh.

Because of his contract dispute last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell hasn't played a game in 19 months. Some running backs, if you put them on the ground in practice, they start crying and saying, 'Keep me, up, Keep me up. "Hitting me up top, things like that, I need all that".

Head coach Adam Gase has already made it known that Bell won't be seeing any preseason snaps, especially after what happened to Avery Williamson in the last preseason bout against the Falcons. "You can tell the guy is a special, special player".

"It's his body demeanor, the way he's attacking the defense, " Gase said. "Those guys know the difference between how a guy is going to (practice). Either we're thudding up and they're wrapping up and then when they see him start getting lower and accelerating toward them, they know, OK, he's looking to do some damage here".

Gase has increased Bell's practice reps, giving him approximately 15 "touches" per day - a lot for a running back.

Still, the running back knows the real test won't come until he touches the ball for the first time against Buffalo on September 8. So far in practice, it's been great just communicating back and forth always and Le'Veon has been nothing but a great teammate so far. "I know once I get to the game it's going to be a little different". But that's something I'll adjust to. "So, I'm sure that will translate on the playing field".

Gase, who reportedly wasn't thrilled with the decision to give a $27 million guarantee to a running back, said he's eager to see Bell in a game setting. It's going to come. The starters aren't expected to play the preseason finale. Even though we won't get any hints of the state of that connection at game tempo this summer, Bell says it's growing, perhaps for the simple reason that he and Darnold are two peas in a pod.

"Each and every week when I'm out there watching the guys play and I'm just watching the offense play - I'm just thinking, I just can't wait", said Bell. He hates watching his teammate because he wants to be playing with him and not relegated to the sidelines. "We haven't really gotten a ton of work at that, which I know he's really good at, so I'm excited about that". Obviously, I know everybody is eager to watch me play and I'm eager to play, but I understand that it's time.

Bell seems laser-focused on producing in his first game action since January of 2018.

"He's out there in the pregame with the pads on, dancing around", Darnold said. "Come on! Get fired up!"

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