Le'Veon Bell: 'Need' Teammates To Hit Me In Practice

Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell

"A lot of people go to practice and you're just practicing". He knows they might be wary, not wanting to injure him - so he'll try to make them angry by running harder, so they'll give him a pop. If I feel like there's a need to play him next week, we will.

"I try to get a little contact in practice". When they call a play for me, I'm trying to work myself and I'm trying to like really get better at it. "Hitting me up top, things like that, I need all that".

Gase, and Bell's teammates on defense who have been dealing with him in practice, have no doubt that he is and will.

"It's his body demeanor, the way he's attacking the defense, " Gase said. The way he practices, the amount of reps he took last week and this week ... you can see he's really gearing up for what's going to happen here in a couple of weeks.

"We'll kind of see how next week goes". The ball, it just comes out so insane.

"Obviously, it's still practice", Bell said. But that's something I'll adjust to.

Playing with a new quarterback for the first time in his career, Bell said he and the young quarterback have already connected in how they approach practice.

Bell sat out all of 2018 after holding out from the Steelers over a contract dispute but remained an offensive force having tallied 5,336 rushing yards, 2,660 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns through his first five National Football League seasons. It's going to come. The starters aren't expected to play the preseason finale.

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That doesn't mean Bell isn't itching to get on the field. And I can see that in Sam. "I just want to be in there with him because I know how special he is and I want to play with that". I'm eager to play.

But he has been in uniform for the Jets' first two preseason games, taking part in pre-game warmups, encouraging teammates and trying to get them fired up.

"Yeah, he's out there in pregame with the pads on and dancing around and he's like, 'Let's go, guys!"

A big reason Bell was brought to the Big Apple was to aide Sam Darnold. "I'm like, 'Bro, you're not even playing". "To me, you can't tell that he hasn't played in a year".

Once the regular season starts, Bell thinks he'll readjust quickly.

He knows all eyes will be on him - including those of his coaches and teammates. You know, I understand that... it's time. "If he has a good week of practice and it's not worth it for us to get him out there, then we won't", Gase said last week.

"It's going to be a lot different, because nobody has seen me [play for] so long, " Bell said. RT Brandon Shell (knee) returned to team drills after missing a few days.

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