Le’Veon Bell is Being Disrespected by 2020 Projected Rushing Total

Zach Brunner
Le'Veon Bell had a career-low 3.2 yards per carry last season.
Le'Veon Bell had a career-low 3.2 yards per carry last season. / Todd Olszewski/Getty Images
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Le'Veon Bell is set to begin his second season with the New York Jets, with this one shaping up to be better than the last. With improved players around him and a hopefully healthy Sam Darnold, this Jets' offense could be sneaky good. However, Bell's odds for his combined rushing and receiving total is surprisingly low.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Bell's projected total yards from scrimmage has been set at 1,374.5. This bet is for a full 16-game season, and if Bell doesn't play a full campaign, the bet does not count, which limits injury risk.

Bell had his worst season as a pro in 2019. That was likely due to the poor team around him and bad offensive line ahead of him, though. In adjusted offensive line yards, the Jets' unit ranked 31st overall, with 3.80 yards. Despite the poor O-Line and inconsistent quarterback play, Bell still finished with 1,250 total yards in 15 games, putting him on pace for 1,334 over a full season.

The Jets improved the offensive line this offseason, signing George Fant, Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten. There's also a strong chance the Jets select an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft. Running behind that revamped O-Line, Bell should be able to make some real strides in 2020.

Bell should have no problem improving on his career-low 3.2 yards per carry from last season, and considering the pace he was on in 2019, even a slight improvement could help him out-produce this total.


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