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Le'Veon Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the New York Jets this offseason, and it's clear the team has big plans for the running back. After completing his first practice with the team earlier this week, Bell gushed about his fit in head coach Adam Gase's offense.
Le'Veon Bell: I picture this scheme being amazing for me https://t.co/L8iBQFg84P— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 4, 2019
Bell's impact as a runner is obvious, but his ability as a pass-catcher could bring a whole new element to the Jets' offense as well as fantasy football lineups.
Last season, Elijah McGuire led the NFL with the highest drop rate of any running back, dropping 20.8 percent of his targets. Meanwhile, Bell has caught at least 75 passes in each of the last three seasons in which he played at least 12 games. Given Bell's dominance as a pass-catcher, he should be targeted early and often by Jets' QB Sam Darnold.
Bell is currently being drafted, on average, as the seventh running back in standard scoring fantasy football leagues and eighth in PPR leagues, so he is firmly valued as a RB1. Of course, Bell sat out all of last season, so he doesn't come without risk, but his impact as a receiver could make him a top-5 RB in 2019.
And it's no surprise Bell is excited about his fit in Gase's offense, as the Jets' head coach loves to use running backs in the passing game. Gase was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins last season, and Kenyan Drake hauled in 55 receptions (No. 14 among RBs), despite often ceding snaps to Frank Gore.
Even though he missed the entire 2018 season, Bell has a chance to finish as a top-5 RB in 2019. Gase's offense loves to utilize running backs in the passing game, and there are few, if any, players better suited for that role than Bell.
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