Andy Reid on adding Le’Veon Bell: “We don’t turn away good players and he’s a good one”

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With rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushing for 161 yards on 26 carries Monday evening in Buffalo, it may not seem as though a big name running back was among the most pressing needs for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards on 46 carries in total in their 26-17 win over the Bills. Now that rushing attack gets to work former All-Pro rusher Le'Veon Bell into the mix starting this week. Bell officially signed with the Chiefs over the weekend after being let go by the New York Jets after repeated spats with head coach Adam Gase.

So why add Bell to the equation?

“We don’t turn away good players and he’s a good one,” head coach Andy Reid told reporters postgame. “It’s exciting to have him around and we’ll see how he does.”

Bell had just 74 yards on 19 carries in two games played for the Jets this season. Mired with the moribund Jets, Bell is also coming off the worst statistical full season of his career with 789 yards on 245 carries last season. But after Damien Williams‘ decision to opt out from the season in July, Bell adds some veteran presence to the backfield of Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, DeAndre Washington and Darwin Thompson moving forward.

“He’s got to get in the playbook and learn everything but he’s a pretty smart kid and has been doing it a long time so I don’t think he’ll have a problem with that,” Reid said.

Bell is expected to make his debut for the Chiefs next week against the Denver Broncos.

8 responses to “Andy Reid on adding Le’Veon Bell: “We don’t turn away good players and he’s a good one”

  1. True. No matter what you’ve done, and what type of person you are, football trumps everything with the Chiefs, unless you’re Kareem Hunt and they cut you to pretend they care.

  2. You can have as many backs as you want, they still will not make one King Derrick Henry.

  3. I thought lives mattered. Apparently you all think your teams are as pure as the new fallen snow. While LaVerne LaBelle is a disgusting PERSON, he has not committed a crime nor been banned for using illegal substances. There is a difference. He may be a sorry excuse for a human being, but he’ll face his maker to deal with that.

  4. even if he is not his old self… defense will have to plan for him.
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    too much for a DC to prep for in a week.

  5. Chiefs fan in LA says:
    October 20, 2020 at 7:13 am
    even if he is not his old self… defense will have to plan for him.
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    too much for a DC to prep for in a week.

    No they will not. Bell doesn’t scare anybody. There’s a reason only 3 teams were interested in this “all pro” running back. Helaire can catch the ball just as well and is quicker, and faster. Teams will want the Chiefs to use Bell, he’s easier to tackle in the open field and fannys around in the backfield every time he takes a hand off.

  6. Where is this narrative that Bell is a bad guy coming from? His teammates in Pitt all liked him until a few disagreed with him sitting out a year. He was a great team player for the Jets in that he never really complained despite Gase being passive aggressive about Bell, never throwing him the ball, and only giving him a handful of carries except for the one game QBed by David Fails where he just ran Bell straight into the line with 10 guys in the box. Bell gets a bad rap when all he really did was sit out a year in the misguided hopes of getting a fat longterm contract. Steelers had wanted him on a franchise tag and were going to run him into the ground before he hit free agency. Then he got a dumb deal from my awful jets and he basically did what was asked of him and kept his mouth shut despite him being egregiously misused and underutilized. Now when he is gone, Gase finally draws up a gameplan where a RB is used, but this time it’s Frank Gore.

  7. lewansTornACL says:
    October 20, 2020 at 2:09 am
    You can have as many backs as you want, they still will not make one King Derrick Henry.

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    19 carries…69 yards. Snuffed and dethroned 01/19/2020

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