Le’Veon Bell: We can’t expect Sam Darnold to be Superman

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Jets running back Le'Veon Bell is excited.

Sam Darnold is set to start at quarterback for the first time since the first game of the regular season and Bell said on Wednesday that no one is more excited than him about that development. Anyone who has seen the Jets offense rely almost entirely on Bell for the last three games can understand why he’s looking forward to having Darnold back in the saddle.

Bell’s excitement doesn’t leave him unaware of the bigger picture, however. The Jets offense was far from unstoppable back in Week One and Darnold’s return isn’t going to fix everything that’s been wrong with the team all by itself.

“We can’t expect Sam to just go out there and be Superman, obviously,” Bell said, via NorthJersey.com. “We know he’s a great player and he’s going to make a lot of plays, but guys still gotta do their job. We’ve still got to protect him, we’ve still got to make plays for him, we’ve got to make sure we get all the calls in, everybody’s got to line up and make his job easier so he doesn’t have to think too much.”

Better offensive line play would be a boon for both Darnold and Bell. The Jets made changes to that unit last week and the Eagles recorded 10 sacks, which has left them doing some more experimenting ahead of Darnold’s return against the Cowboys. There are other issues to sort out, but finding the right mix up front would be a big step for the Jets.

13 responses to “Le’Veon Bell: We can’t expect Sam Darnold to be Superman

  1. Here’s how DeMarcus Lawrence gets his sacks, maybe? I mean it would be good to have one of your 100 million dollar players show up for Dallas, who knows maybe even zeke shows up.

  2. The Jets former GM Mike Maccagnan ignored the Oline for 5 drafts, and this is the result.
    Its on the owner for keeping Maccagnan at his job as long as he did.
    Building an at least average Oline takes a few years because the 2020/21 rookies will need a year of seasoning.

    Its not getting better for the Jets in 2020 either.

  3. 1billsnation says:
    October 10, 2019 at 8:05 am
    Darnold may not be Superman, but he’s better than Falk. Bet they had rather spent that money on the OL now instead of signing Me’Veon Bell.

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    All off-season I was hearing this Me’Veon Bell narrative from Steelers fans…. And it couldn’t be farther from what I’ve seen so far…. Bell has been an amazing teammate, he has said all the right things, hasn’t gotten frustrated from the lack of production due to the Jets horrible OL.. and has been nothing but optimistic…. The guy came in to training camp and has busted his tail off and done everything the team has asked of him.. while being great in the community and great with teammates. So where is this narrative coming from? because he made a business decision and held out for money? It was business get over it.

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