New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell arrives at MetLife Stadium, ready to roll when his team takes on the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The man who hasn’t suited up in two years is ready to roll on a football Sunday.
— #TakeFlight (@nyjets) September 8, 2019
“The wait is over. Everybody waited patiently, and I did too. It’s time to unleash today.”
Bell, 27, hasn’t played in an NFL contest since the end of the 2017 season. His year-long holdout coupled with no activity in the 2019 preseason means the workhorse is as fresh as any big-time back can be heading into a new season.
The other concern revolves around the offensive line, which suffered through injuries and inconsistency in August. Considering Bell’s dominance through any longer-developing plays (such as counters, draws and misdirections), the Bell-offensive line as one unit may take some time to come together.
Over 15 contests in 2017 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell put forth 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns on 321 carries (4.0 YPC). He also contributed with 655 yards and two scores on 85 receptions.
Le’Veon Bell’s first chance to showcase his still-elite talent will come on Sunday when the New York Jets welcome in the Buffalo Bills.