For Whom The Bell Tolls: Le’Veon lands in the Big Apple

Steelers Le'Veon Bell

We waited all day Monday, we waited all day Tuesday, but finally in the wee hours of the day, Le’Veon Bell agreed to a deal with the New York Jets.

The 27-year old running back has been one of the most dynamic players in the league during his career. He has rushed for 5,336 yards and added 2,660 yards through the air, scoring 42 total touchdowns.

In 2017, his last year in the league, after sitting out all of last season, Bell had over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns.

Between a pair of suspensions, a hold out, and a knee injury, Bell has missed parts of three different seasons.

There is a precedent for players returning to the league after missing an entire league. Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing yards and touchdowns in 2015 after missing all but one game in 2014.

Bell becomes, without question, Sam Darnold’s best weapon. Bell should regain his spot as a top-5 running back with his abilities in the running and passing game.

He should improve Sam Darnold’s game, giving him a rushing attack that was basically non-existent last season. Darnold is still a low-end QB2 though.

Mark Ingram – Baltimore Ravens

It definitely seemed as if the running back market was waiting for Bell to sign, after Ingram signed with Baltimore on Wednesday.

Ingram has rushed for over 6,000 yards and 75 touchdowns in his career. The former Saint adds a great compliment to Lamar Jackson in the Ravens backfield.

Despite missing four games and playing second fiddle to Alvin Kamara, Ingram had 645 yards and six scores a year ago.

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He twice rushed for 1,000-plus yards in New Orleans, so the potential as a lead back is definitely there. Ingram has the potential to be an RB2 a in Baltimore.

However, I would shy away as a dynasty owner, as there are just four active running backs over 30 and Ingram turns 30 in December.

Tevin Coleman – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman left backup duties in Atlanta to an even cloudier situation in San Francisco.

Coleman rejoins former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in SF. If Shanahan is anything like his dad, we have no idea what to expect at the running back position. Coleman joined a team that already has Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Breida at the position.

With Devontae Freeman’s injury last year, Coleman made 14 starts, rushing for 800 yards and scoring 9 total touchdowns.

Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr or whoever plays quarterback for the Raiders next season has another weapon. The fifth-year wideout moved north from LA to Oakland (well, assuming they play there).

Williams had a great second season for the Chargers, but hasn’t reached that level since.

In 2016, Williams had 1,059 yards and 7 touchdowns.  He’s caught passes for 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns in the two seasons since.

Williams, just like Antonio Brown, is hoping that someone other than last year’s Derek Carr is under center for the Raiders in the upcoming season.


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