Jets RB Le’Veon Bell itching to get back on the field with new-look offensive line
New York Jets starting running back Le’Veon Bell did not have his best season in his first go-round with “Gang Green” in 2019. However, the former Pittsburgh Steelers standout is now as eager as ever to get back on the field, especially since the Jets significantly upgraded the team’s offensive line throughout the offseason.
With soon-to-be third-year quarterback Sam Darnold under center and Bell leading the way in the backfield, the missing piece of the puzzle for the Jets on offense seemed to be the team’s offensive line — or lack thereof.
“Asked if he’s noticed the Jets’ aggressive pursuit of road-graders in front of him, running back Le’Veon Bell told me via text, ‘Absolutely. Can’t wait, either,'” writes Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
While utilizing all of his available resources, Jets general manager Joe Douglas made improvements through both the 2020 NFL Draft and the free-agent market.
“After signing four offensive linemen (guard Greg Van Roten, center Connor McGovern, tackle George Fant, guard Alex Lewis) to three-year deals worth more than $80 million early in free agency, the Jets doubled down in the draft with run-blocking behemoth Mekhi Becton (6-foot-7, 364 pounds) at No. 11 overall. In both cases, the Jets prioritized Sam Darnold’s pass protection over getting receiver help,” Fowler added.