Le’Veon Bell’s advice to Jets in Week 1: ‘Don’t hold back’
Le’Veon Bell has made his thoughts quite clear to the New York Jets when it comes to the amount of work he hopes to see in Week 1: Bring it.
The Jets open their season on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, and head coach Adam Gase indicated Wednesday that Bell has told him he wants touches early and often.
“When I spoke to him (Tuesday) he said, ‘Don’t hold back.’ He feels like he’s ready to go,” Gase said, via the New York Post. “I think he’s pretty excited to get out there.”
Bell presumably will have a significant amount of rust to knock off after not appearing in any of the Jets’ preseason games — as anticipated — not to mention sitting out the entire 2018 season amid a protracted holdout in his final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On the other hand, Bell conceivably is remarkably fresh, having last played in the 2018 Pro Bowl. The case could be made that Bell is more than prepared for a remarkably heavy workload in his first real-game action since the Steelers’ playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars all the way back on Jan. 14, 2018.
Gase believes that Bell is chomping at the bit to reacquaint himself with live football, a sensible opinion.
“I think he’s just excited to get out there,” Gase said. “You kind of get a taste of it when we had that stadium practice where you could see he was pretty juiced up. He has a good look about him right now. He looks like he’s excited to get to a game day.”
The Jets obviously expect big things out of Bell in his first season with the team after signing the running back to a four-year, $52.5 million contract this past offseason. It sounds like Bell is eager to hit the ground running.