With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers losing starting running back Leonard Fournette for at least the rest of the regular season, the team turned to Le’Veon Bell. Bell, who spent time this season with the Ravens was signed yesterday to the 53-man roster the team confirms. And one thing is for sure, the Bucs are looking for him to contribute quickly.
Bell, who arrived to Tampa Wednesday and practiced for the first time donning a number six jersey, was all smiles. There were smiles from quarterback Tom Brady, who greeted him with a handshake. The team is looking for Bell to replicate what made him one of the leagues best running backs in the game. Here is what Le’Veon Bell brings the Buccaneers offense.
Patient Running Style
One thing about Le’Veon Bell that separates him from any other back in the league is his running style. Bell has always had a unique patient rushing attack when he takes the handoff. From 2013-2017, Bell averaged 4.4 yards per attempt, and the Buccaneers will look for him to replicate that production going forward. This adds a new dynamic to the Bucs offensive attack
Elite Pass Catching Ability
Tom Brady loves to play with running backs who are good pass catchers, Le’Veon Bell should be at the top of that list. He is a legitimate threat in the passing game and has 395 career receptions. Not only can he catch out of the backfield, he can line up in the slot and will make plays. He will be heavily involved in the passing game and will pose as a problem for opposing defenses.
If there is one thing about Le’Veon Bell’s game that is unappreciated is his ability to block. He is one of the best in the league at blitz pick ups and very instinctive. Bell understands his assignments and on play-action he will keep Tom Brady from getting hit. Bell can do it all.
Yes, Ronald Jones will be the starting running back, but Bell was signed to get significant playing time. Expect him on the field in short yardage situations and in the red zone. With Leonard Fournette’s absence is significant, but Le’Veon Bell’s arrival is a blessing in disguise.