Le’Veon Bell doesn’t want head coach Adam Gase to restrict his touches at all in his debut with the New York Jets.
The last time Le’Veon Bell played in an NFL game came during the 2017 playoffs. In a divisional-round battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bell tallied 155 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns on just 25 touches.
“I’ll carry 50 [times] if he asked me to. I’m ready,” Bell emphatically stated after practice on Wednesday.
“When I said don’t hold back, I mean literally that,” he said. “I don’t want to go out there with him sprinkling me in or things like that. I’m ready to play football. I’ve been waiting a long time for this moment.”
Bell sat out the entire 2018 season before signing with the Jets this past summer. Gase elected to hold the running back out of the entire 2019 preseason, but expect to see Bell as a focal part of the offense on Sunday.
During the 2017 season, Bell led the league with 321 carries. Not to mention, the dual-threat running back was targeted 106 times for 85 receptions in the passing game.
His versatility as a back should take plenty of pressure off of second-year quarterback Sam Darnold. Bell is a true workhorse running back in the prime of his career.
Bell, Gase, and Darnold will make their debut as a trio on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills come to MetLife Stadium at 1:00 p.m. ET.