|Joique Bell still atop depth chart -- Tue Sep 1 9:50 am --|
Lions RB listed as No. 1 -- for now
|Joique Bell was activated off the physically unable to perform list Monday, and immediately returned to the first-unit offense ahead of Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner, Theo Riddick and George Winn. He was listed first on the depth chart, too, though he is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against Buffalo (Mlive.com)|
FF Today's Take: Bell rushed 223 times for a career-best 860 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns in 2015, eclipsing Reggie Bush (now with San Fran) as the team's primary tailback. A year later, Bell remains in that role to open this season despite some promising early returns from the talented but raw Abdullah and Zenner -- a former standout at South Dakota State. Bell looks like a good bet for consistent numbers over the first half of the season, with Abdullah getting more early-down work as the season progresses.
|Joique Bell "I'm going to rush for over 1200 yds" -- Tue Jun 30 9:00 am --|
Lions RB not concerned about injuries
|Joique Bell isn't worried about the knee injury that has sidelined him for the entirety of this offseason. He isn't worried about the Achilles either. "I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," Bell told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed.
"Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."
FF Today's Take: Detroit runners have had a rough time reaching 1000 yards in recent years let alone 1200. Bell (Achilles, knee) is expected to be ready for training camp and head coach Jim Caldwell has expressed his interest to run the ball more. However, Rookie Ameer Abdullah is expected to have a role in the offense that will limit Bell's opportunities. If Bell were to hit his ceiling of 250 carries, he'd need to average 4.8 ypc to hit 1200 yards.
| Joique Bell expected to be ready for camp -- Wed Jun 10 2:30 pm --|
Minor clean up procedures on knee and Achilles
|Running back Joique Bell hasnít participated in OTAs this spring as he continues to rehab from offseason surgery. Bell should be ready to go by the time training camp starts. (DetroitLions.com)|
FF Today's Take: Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi hinted that Bell will be eased into training camp as he comes off "minor clean up" procedures on his knee and Achilles in late January. Minor or not, it's still surgery and it's a situation to watch once training camp begins. The Lions drafted RB Ameer Abdullah in the second round of the NFL Draft.
|Abdullah has caught Stafford's eye in OTAs -- Mon Jun 8 5:15 pm --|
Rookie RB has "great hands" and "good feel for route-running"
|Itís tough this time of year to see the true impact rookie RB Ameer Abdullah will have on the Lionsí offense in 2015. The team drafted him in the second round of the draft last month to be a big-play threat in their offense and potentially a return man on special teams. Without pads, itís tough to truly measure his ability, but count QB Matthew Stafford in as an early fan.
ďI think as a runner he has great balance,Ē Stafford said after a recent OTA practice. ďHeís obviously a low-to-the-ground guy. He seems to hide pretty well behind there and heís got good vision. Out of the backfield, catching the ball, heís great. Heís got great hands. He has a good feel for route running." (detroitlions.com)|
FF Today's Take: Joique Bell has yet to participate in on-the-field activities this offseason as he continues to rehab from surgeries to his knee and Achilles, opening the door for Abdullah to take some first-team reps along with third-year back Theo Riddick. The No. 54 overall pick is slated to be the team's primary kick returner, but it seems only a matter of time before he is leading a backfield committee given his competition. Abdullah should easily hold flex value in fantasy leagues this season.