The New York Jets made a big splash in the 2019 offseason when they inked former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell to a four-year deal worth $52.5 million with $35 million guaranteed. The deal has a max value of $61 million. The deal came after Bell famously sat out an entire season after wanting and failing to get a long-term deal with the Steelers.
Bell was supposed to bring both elite running and receiving from the running back position to New York. Bell was coming off of back to back seasons and his third out of four where he had over 1,850 yards from scrimmage and averaged 4.8 yards per touch or more. He was one of the best, not only running backs, but weapons in the NFL for the Steelers when he was healthy.
The first year in New York was a failure to say the least for both the Jets and Bell. Not only did Bell have a career low in yards from scrimmage in a season in which he played at least eight games, but he also had a career low in yards per carry, yards per touch, and touchdowns. The Jets finished 7-9 and Bell looked like a shell of his former self.
The Jets’ offensive line was a sore spot on the team last year as well and they made some moves this offseason to try and fix it. The Jets brought in three new starters in center Connor McGovern, guard Greg Van Roten, and tackle George Fant. They also brought in another potential starter in guard Alex Lewis. Outside of McGovern, none of these guys instill a ton of hope as difference makers for the Jets.
With all of that said, let’s take a look at three early predictions for this year’s version of Bell on the New York Jets.