Adam Gase: Le’Veon Bell may be held out entire preseason
The New York Jets will take a wait-and-see approach before determining whether or not Le’Veon Bell will see any action during the postseason, as relayed by head coach Adam Gase.
Bell was kept off the field during Thursday’s 22-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, and Gase indicated on Friday that it’s possible the Jets may continue to take a cautious route when it comes to the running back’s preseason snaps, if any actually come to fruition.
“He got a ton of reps this week,” Gase said, via northjersey.com. “And we’ll kind of see how next week goes.”
“He’s played a lot of football and I like where he’s at right now,” Gase said. “I love how he’s working. If I feel like there’s a need to play him next week, we will. If he has a good week of practice and we feel like it’s not worth it for us to get him out there, then we won’t.”
What makes the Bell situation much more complicated when compared to other established players is twofold. First, Bell is in his first year in Gase’s offensive system after signing with the Jets earlier this offseason, and it stands to reason he could use some in-game reps, even if they would come in an exhibition.
Second, and arguably of more importance, is Bell certainly has some rust to knock off given he sat out the entire 2018 NFL season for the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a protracted and contentious holdout.
Bell without question boasts a veteran’s credibility and experience, so it’s possible the Jets are viewing his situation with that in mind. Still, one has to imagine Bell himself may want to take some in-game hits before Week 1, simply to re-familiarize himself with the kind of contact he likely is not seeing during training camp practices.