What's the deal with the Bush benching, Bell's workload, and can he be trusted to get enough carries to be startable?
Assuming you're referring to the Steelers game? The benching was a "coaching decision" based on a combination of his early fumble and a very slow track (sloppy field). That's how it was reported at halftime anyway.What's the deal with the Bush benching, Bell's workload, and can he be trusted to get enough carries to be startable?
Solid effort guy, seems like good value at where he is going. Bush & Stafford do not figure to vulture too many goalline/short yardage carries. Fullback they just signed should be a block only guy.Bell is a great late pick if you want go WR heavy or take chances on boom/bust guys. He's a consistent 6-8 point guy in non-ppr, with the occasional 16+ game thrown in. Remarkable consistency for a back-up.
Joique Bell - RB - Lions
Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will "kind of have a split role."
"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said. We figured as much when the Lions re-signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal and brought in new coach Jim Caldwell, who likes to run a more traditional offense. The Detroit backfield is shaping up as a true 50:50 timeshare.
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Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter
This is what I'm expecting, Bell is a better blocker than Bush, I think he will take more of a blocking role on 3rd if they are both on the field, I also expect Bush to split out wide more often. I expect a Sproles type role with a substantial amount of more carries than Sproles would get.Read that the new OC uses less 3wr sets than the last OC. This might mean more of both on the field at the same time.
The Lions gave Reggie Bush 223 carries and Joique Bell 166 last season. All indications are there will be an even split in 2014 under new coordinator Joe Lombardi.
Detroit showed its commitment to Bell by giving him $4.3 million guaranteed this offseason. Under new coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions will line up in more traditional sets and fewer shotgun formations, a trend that also favors Bell.
Bell only averaged 3.9 yards per carry, but he excelled where it mattered most. On 14 rushes inside the opponents' 10-yard line, Bell scored seven touchdowns. That 50 percent rate led all running backs with at least 14 chances.
Reggie Bush, on other hand, cashed in twice in 10 chances.
Here are the 2013 leaders in rushing touchdowns on carries from inside the 10:
Marshawn Lynch: 10 TDs, 37 carries
Jamaal Charles: 10 TDs, 27 carries
Eddie Lacy: 10 TDs, 25 carries
DeMarco Murray: 9 TDs, 23 carries
Fred Jackson: 8 TDs, 30 carries
Le'Veon Bell: 8 TDs, 26 carries
Knowshon Moreno: 8 TDs, 21 carries
Rashard Mendenhall: 8 TDs, 19 carries
Matt Forte: 7 TDs, 26 carries
Joique Bell: 7 TDs, 14 carries
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 7 TDs, 19 carries
Zac Stacy: 6 TDs, 21 carries
Adrian Peterson: 6 TDs, 20 carries
Stevan Ridley: 6 TDs, 14 carries
Like Bush, Bell is an outstanding receiver. Bell caught 105 passes the past two years.
Dave Richard ranks Bush 16th and Bell 23rd among running backs, while Jamey Eisenberg has them 15th and 25th respectively. If Bell gets an even split of the carries and continues to be leaned on near the goal line, he'll fulfull his RB2 potential.
Joique Bell - RB - Lions
Joique Bell (knee) has been cleared to run at full speed, and says he's "feeling 100 percent."
Bell missed all of OTAs and minicamp, but received medical clearance two weeks after last month's minicamp came to a close. He plans to report to training camp a few days early to test out his body. Bell has been working out at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center the past few weeks. We like Bell better than his current late-fifth round ADP. He has high-end RB2 upside.
Jul 8 - 1:40 PM
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This winter the Lions could've kept Bell for one year at the second-round tender but instead worked out a two-year extension guaranteeing him $4.3 million -- more than they gave Reggie Bush a year ago. That says everything you need to know about new coach Jim Caldwell's plans. Bell is no longer merely an adjunct to Bush; he's a more physical and consistent rusher who also catches passes, and he'll warrant slightly less than half the Lions' halfback snaps. Bush has the game-breaking quicks that can win you weeks, and as such he's still the better fantasy commodity. But Bell is an acceptable flex in standard leagues and is more like an RB2 in PPR leagues.
Joique Bell - RB - Lions
Joique Bell (knee) is cutting and accelerating "with ease" at Lions camp.
Bell rested during OTAs and minicamp, but it was never a real concern. He's been back to 100 percent since early July, and is not limited at camp. Bell, who was just handed a three-year contract by the Lions, has a realistic shot at leading the team in carries. There's some value in his current fifth-round ADP.
Jul 30 - 9:40 PM
ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes Joique Bell may lead the Lions in carries this season.
It's something we've forecasted since the Lions hired OC Joe Lombardi, a former Saints assistant who will likely utilize Bell in the Mark Ingram/Khiry Robinson role while Reggie Bush functions as the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles. Bell is also the favorite for goal-line carries in Detroit's high-upside offense.
Aug 15 - 2:02 PM
Even though Bush is going in the late 3rd and Joique is going going two full rounds later in the late 5th?No he is not dependable. Unless you are willing to realize that only a handful of RBs are dependable, then sure, he is no less dependable than the majority of the guys out there.
For this year, I would take Bush