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It's amazing how drastically things change from one NFL season to another. People may have forgotten after Le'Veon Bell took the entire 2018 NFL season off, but he is still arguably the most dominant skill player in football.
The New York Jets landed the biggest prize in free agency when they signed the disgruntled Bell away from the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. But some think he might take a step back with a lesser Jets team now that Bell is a year removed from playing in a well-oiled Pittsburgh offense.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Bell is projected to finish with around 1,032.5 rushing yards. But this total would be his lowest mark since the 2015-16 season, when he played just six total games.
That would be an impressive number for a lot of running backs, but not Bell.
Bell rushed for more than 1,250 yards in each of his last three seasons of at least 12 games played. But that's going to be easier said than done for the Jets' new running back. New York finished 26th in total rushing yards last season and tied for 23rd in rushing touchdowns. That's a testament to the Jets' offensive line, but Bell is a huge upgrade from Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire.
Rushing yardage is one thing that Bell has proven he can master, but double-digit touchdowns are an entirely different story. Bell has never finished an NFL season with more than nine rushing touchdowns, but he's tallied 10 or more total scores in two of his five active NFL seasons.
He's likely going to see a ton of touches to take more pressure off second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, but plunging into the end zone that many times is a tough ask. Especially considering only six running backs had double-digit rushing scores last season.
Bell is in line for another big year, but it's always hard to predict how someone will perform with a new team in a new setting.
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