The New York Jets star running back acknowledges he wasn’t nearly as good as he expected he’d be in his first season with his new team. And, he points solely at himself for that.
Not the playcalling of coach Adam Gase. Not the season-long struggles of the offensive line. Nobody but himself.
So, the 28-year-old Bell dedicated his offseason to being better this year. Much better. And, he arrived for training camp looking leaner and carrying a heavy chip on his shoulder.
”This is the best I’ve felt, and I’m ready to show it,” Bell said Wednesday during a video call. ”I’m ready to show that this is the best Le’Veon Bell that’s ever played in the NFL.”
It’s a bold statement for a player who has already accomplished so much. Bell was widely regarded the best all-around running back in the league just three years ago, a dual threat out of the backfield who could single-handedly flip a game – on the ground, in the passing game or both.
But, things change quickly in the NFL. And after sitting out the 2018 season in a contract stalemate with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he signed with the Jets in March 2019 and then put up pedestrian numbers.