Adam Gase hopes to “lessen the load” on Le’Veon Bell

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Running back Le'Veon Bell‘s first season with the Jets wasn’t as productive as many hoped it would be when the Jets signed Bell as a free agent in March 2019.

Bell ran for a career-low 3.2 yards per carry and only found the end zone four times as the Jets went 7-9 under head coach Adam Gase. During an interview with Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, Gase said he hopes to get better results from Bell in Year Two by working other players into the mix more often than last season.

“I do think we have some guys that can help maybe lessen the load on [Bell] to where it’s not all on him,” Gase said. “Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it’s just all on him all the time.”

Bilal Powell was last year’s No. 2, but he is unsigned. Kenneth Dixon, Josh Adams and fourth-round pick La’Mical Perine are on hand.

Bell would also be helped by seeing fewer defenders in the box when he gets the ball. Gase hopes that having healthy tight ends Chris Herndon and Ryan Griffin back in the lineup alongside new wideouts Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims can create a passing game that provides more room for Bell to show that he’s still capable of big numbers out of the backfield.

10 responses to “Adam Gase hopes to “lessen the load” on Le’Veon Bell

  1. Bad coach. Bad signing. Bad QB. Pay a guy that much $$ and reduce his load? Jets better sign Cam Newtown. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen both are not very good.

  2. Let me get this straight. They gave him a $52.5M contract to carry the load. Last year he averaged fifteen rushes per game (789 yards total) and four catches (461 yards total) per game. That’s nineteen touches per game. That’s over 1200 yards but goodness gracious, that’s why they gave him that $52.5M contract. Now they want to lessen his load?

  3. Gase is clueless about how to use Le’Veon Bell.
    He’s a terrible HC and it’s not surprising Chris Johnson hired him since he didn’t fire Mike Maccagnan when he fired Todd Bowels, and let Maccagnan ruin the 2019 draft and free agency.

    The real concern the Jets should have is how will their QB Sam Darnold develope under Gase.
    Gase is potentially ruining him, and that’s very costly.
    They will need to draft a new QB in 2 years.

  4. Whoever made the call to sign Bell at that price should be fired. You can’t plug any player into any system and team personelle group. If you don’t have the right situation to utilize a players skills it’s a waste of money. Add that to the negative baggage attached to Bell and it was a no-brainer to pass on the deal.

  5. Gase wants to lessen Bell’s presence, period. Just trade the guy, for Pete’s sake!

  6. Gase is a disaster as a head coach. Bell didn’t get nearly enough touches last season because Gase has no idea how to use him, and now he plans to reduce his workload even further? I feel bad for long-suffering Jets fans who will have to endure this incompetent coach, and the idiotic owners who hired him, for at least another season.

  7. The offense will come to a grinding halt without Bell and Darnold will regress even further.

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