Le'Veon Bell
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New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell excited to share a stadium this year with New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley

MetLife Stadium will have some great running backs playing on the field in 2019. With Le’Veon Bell carrying the ball for the New York Jets and Saquon Barkley leading the ground game for the New York Giants, every game at East Rutherford should be exciting to watch.

In 2018, Bell held out the entire year as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That being said, the former Michigan State Spartan had a lot of time to watch Barkley do his thing for the Giants.

Despite them playing against each other this year, Bell wants to see the 2018 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year succeed in New York.

“I’m a guy who’s going to root for him,” Bell told reporters Tuesday after the Jets’ mandatory minicamp. “I want him to be the best player he can be. I know, in turn, he wants the same thing for me. It’s going to be exciting sharing a stadium with him. I’ll continue to watch him because he’s one of my favorite players to watch.”

“We definitely both respect each other’s game,” Barkley told reporters in May. “Obviously, he sat out last year and that’s just not good for the league in general because he’s such a tremendous player. You look forward to seeing a guy like that on Sundays.”

Barkley showed nothing but class and happiness for the veteran Pro Bowl running back when discussing him and his new team.

“Happy for him,” Barkley said. “Happy that he found his spot and happy that he’s able to show his talent. I wish nothing but the best for him this year.”

Barkley and Bell will face off twice this year. The Giants and Jets play Week 1 of the preseason on Aug. 8 along with a regular season matchup in Week 10 on Nov. 10.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.