Jets not ready to say if Le’Veon Bell will play in the preseason

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Jets running back Le'Veon Bell sat out last season, which means he hasn’t played a game of football since January 14, 2018. So should the Jets get him some work in the preseason, allowing him to shake off a year and a half of rust before the games count?

Jets head coach Adam Gase isn’t ready to say.

“I haven’t talked to him about it yet,” Gase said today, when asked whether Bell will play in Thursday’s preseason opener.

Gase coached the Dolphins last year, and he said he butted heads with running back Frank Gore, who wanted to work in the preseason while Gase preferred to keep him fresh for the regular season.

“Frank Gore is a great example,” Gase said. “I was like, ‘Frank, you are not playing in the preseason.’ He was in my office every day the third preseason game and he was like, ‘I’m playing.’ It’s hard to argue with Frank Gore. He’s not listening to what I’m saying. He’s just like, ‘I’m playing. I will be dressed whether or not you put me in a game.’ We ended up playing him one series and then he stood next to me for the next two series and says, ‘I’m going back in. I’m going back in.’ It’s maddening with a guy like that that wants to play that bad and it is a fine line with Le’Veon, he hasn’t played in a year. At the same time, when’s the right time? Is it this game? Is it the next one? Is it the next one? Do we just not play him this preseason? Do we go through the whole time and just give him reps? All those questions are what we keep talking about.”

Gase said the decision will ultimately be his, and Bell will abide by it.

“The one conversation we had about it, he goes, ‘Whatever you tell me you want to do, that’s what we’ll do.’ So, he’s been outstanding in that area,” Gase said.

NFL stars are increasingly sitting out the preseason, as teams calculate that the injury risk simply isn’t worth it. Bell may be an exception, however, a star player who sees preseason action just long enough to get a feel for live games again, and hopefully not long enough to get hurt.

22 responses to “Jets not ready to say if Le’Veon Bell will play in the preseason

  1. Normally I would say hold him out but he didn’t take a rep last year so he needs to see live action, so I’d play him with the first team for at least the first series

  2. How is he supposed to get his 500 touches if he doesn’t?
    Or does he not want 500 touches this week. He says so much it’s hard to keep it straight. “I’m afraid of getting too many carries, I wan’t a millions touches…”

  3. Gase is a complete clown. Only thing missing is the face paint and nose.
    Jets have a seriously stacked roster as far as talent and he will destroy the chemistry because of his arrogance.
    The NY media will chew him up and spit him out. The Jets and Bills should be much improved and be competitive in the AFCE if they can hold the teams together.
    Will be an interesting season. Miami will hopefully win 3 or 4 games but I am more looking forward to seeing if Rosen sticks around or if they give him a chance to make it or break it. Fitz is not the answer or the future so let Rosen play and see of he has a future in the NFL

  4. Le’Veon will ALWAYS do what is best for Le’Veon.

    Well, at least Le’Veon will do what he THINKS is best for Le’Veon.

  5. I love when people cry about players who look out for themselves. Look what the clowns did to RG3. They will run you until they break you and then run you some more.

  6. lizzyisnoindian says:
    August 6, 2019 at 2:49 pm
    Normally I would say hold him out but he didn’t take a rep last year so he needs to see live action, so I’d play him with the first team for at least the first series
    —————-
    great idea – if he shows up on time.

  7. Bell will get a good look at the OL he’s going to have to be running behind this year and will wish he was still in Pittsburgh.

  8. He needs to play and get game action. Rather him know how he feels in a live game than in week 1. No training compares to game day. Worst case Tweak a hammy or whatever early on and be ready for week 1

  9. He’s more likely to be injured and on IR by 4 or 5 games into the season than get 500 touches.

  10. patswinyoucry says:
    August 6, 2019 at 5:26 pm
    I love when people cry about players who look out for themselves. Look what the clowns did to RG3. They will run you until they break you and then run you some more.

    ++++++++++

    Different team. But there, Shanahan never wanted RG3, he was forced onto him by Snyder. Case didn’t choose Bell, so yeah, we could see a similar thing play out. But Bell wasn’t forced onto Case over his objections. He just inherited him, and his salary.

  11. The jets are also not ready to say if the rest of the team will show up to play this year.

  12. “finzfan49 says:
    August 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    Gase is a complete clown. Only thing missing is the face paint and nose”
    ——————————————————————————————–If that is the case you should be happy. Miami will face him twice a year. The clown beat the Jets 5/6 times over three years.
    Let’s hope the clown does not kick the Dolphins’ butt twice this year. That would be embarrassing…..

  13. In this case I say Gase is wrong putting the decision on himself. Bell is a veteran and a very good player. He knows his body and mind better than anyone. He should decide if he feels he needs a few snaps in a live game, or if he’s good to just go on week 1.

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