New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell says he and his teammates are extremely excited about their season opener as he insists every players on the team is pumped up for a Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills. Bell, who signed with the Jets last offseason, made his Jets debut against the Bills in Week 1 a year ago, when he rushed for 60 yards on 17 carries and also had six receptions for 32 yards and one score.
The Jets, who lost to the Bills 16-17 on their field in Week 1 last season, will now face the Bills in an away game in Week 1 of this season. "You can feel it in practice," Bell said, per the team's website.
"Knowing it's a game week, that first Wednesday practice feels different than training camp. Guys understand what's at stake and the season is about the start. Everybody is excited about it. It's kind of hard to put the feelings into words, but guys are ready and we're hype about it.
It's going to be real fun to go up to Buffalo and compete with those guys."
Bell put up hard work this offseason
Bell didn't perform at the level everybody was hoping he would in his first year with the Jets and the running back put up a lot of hard work this offseason to get his body in top shape as he is eyeing to have a big bounce back season.
"It's not even close," Bell said. "It's like night and day for me. Me looking at the team, guys are a lot more comfortable, they know their assignments, especially Sam [Darnold]. He knows exactly where to go and what to do, what situation to put us in.
Coach Gase doesn't really have to tell him to do everything, he kind of knows it. On the outside looking in, our O-line is new, those guys picked up things well during training camp. I couldn't be more proud of these guys up front.
It's going to be fun. We do have to put it all together. I think we have a good team, we have to put it all together and I think we'll be special." The Bills made the playoffs last season and they are the favorites to beat the Jets in Week 1.
"They have two good corners, two good safeties, a good front seven and they're well coached," Bell said. "You can't really trick them on a lot of things. They're going to line up, you're going to know where they are.
They're not really trying to trick you too much, so it's going to be fun. This is a team we're familiar with, they're familiar with us. It's really going to be about who executes better, who can adjust better because it's Week 1 with no preseason.
Both teams will have some wrinkles in Week 1, but whatever team is able to adjust quickly will have a little bit of an edge. We have to make sure to be on our P's and Q's."