New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell entered this offseason with a new mindset and put on a lot of hard work and as a result of that he reported to training camp at his lowest weight since high school. Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl running back, expects to have his career-best season at the age of 28 as he is extremely motivated to prove the doubters wrong and show that he is still one of the premiere running backs in the league.
Bell, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, changed his team for the first time in his career last year when he signed with the Jets. Bell's first season with the Jets didn't go on the way both sides hoped it would as the running back rushed for a career-low 789 yards last year.
"This has been the best I've felt, and I'm ready to show it," Bell said Wednesday in a videoconference with reporters, as quoted on ESPN. "I'm ready to show this is the best Le'Veon Bell that has ever played in the NFL."
Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after failing to reach a long-term agreement with the Steelers and in the 2019 offseason he signed a four-year, $52.5 million worth deal with the Jets. "I've been hearing it was O-line issues and Coach Gase not getting me the ball," Bell said.
"I had to look at myself and [ask], 'Was I really the best I could be?' I know I wasn't. I wasn't even close. This year is going to be a lot different in that aspect."
Jets coach Adam Gase believes Bell
Coach Gase sees the fire and motivation in Bell and he expects the running back to have a huge season and show why he was given a hefty contract last offseason.
"He's fired up to go, I know that," Gase said. "He worked extremely hard this offseason. He looks great. He might have come in lighter than last year. "It's just about getting the ball in his hands and letting him go do things."
Bell also touched on the recent trade of disgruntled safety Jamal Adams, whom he called out on Twitter after he talked his way out of the Jets. "He's a great and special player on the field, and I'd love to play with him. He's a great teammate too, but sometimes you don't like the way people handle things," Bell said.