Le’Veon Bell expected to ‘share the load’ with Ty Montgomery early in Jets season
New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell is finally back on the football field after missing the entire 2018 NFL season. Plenty of Jets fans are now eager to see how their new man will play. There is also a genuine interest in how Bell will play alongside Ty Montgomery.
Bell has been a supreme athlete who has dominated the NFL during his run with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He averaged more than 1,200 rushing yards in three of his five seasons played, and he also has an acceptable receiving game. His efforts in the 2017 campaign were his most impressive yet as he recorded nine rushing and two receiving touchdowns. Jets head coach Adam Gase has a very talented player in his hands.
However, Rich Chimi of ESPN believes that Bell is still not going to start the season due to a very obvious fact:
It’s unrealistic to expect vintage Bell in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. Three reasons: He hasn’t played a game in 20 months. No preseason action. No practice with the starting offensive line, which, because of injuries and Ryan Kalil’s late arrival, won’t be whole until the Jets begin their prep for Buffalo.
Gase did the right thing by keeping Bell in mothballs for the preseason, but there will be minor consequences to that decision. No matter how well Bell practices, he will have to work his way through rust and timing issues. Fortunately for the Jets, they have a terrific backup in Ty Montgomery, who can share the load until Le’Veon is Le’Veon.
Montgomery is a serviceable player who has produced good numbers in limited minutes for the Green Bay Packers. While his numbers dipped a bit in his final season at Green Bay, he should provide more than enough cover and competition as Bell gets back in top form.
It will be up to Gase to slowly ease Bell back to the rotation. But it should only take a couple of weeks before Bell fully takes on the role of starting running back.