Joique Bell, RB Detroit Lions

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Joique Bell trying to get healthy

Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:29pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Joique Bell has spent the majority of the past two weeks during Detroit Lions practices running off on the side. While the rest of his teammates go through individual drills, Bell lines up between orange cones and does a variety of sprints and lateral maneuvers.

He’s still on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, so there isn’t much more the running back can do until he is cleared. When that will be is still up in the air, but Bell doesn’t seem too concerned about potentially not playing much until the regular season.

“It’s just about how I feel physically,” Bell said. “And as far as my conditioning, I condition every day. So as far as that, I don’t think that’s going to be an issue as far as getting back into football shape. But right now, my main concern is just getting healthy.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Bell is still following the team’s return-to-play protocol and they are gauging when Bell could return. Bell injured his knee and Achilles last season and had surgeries in the offseason.

“There are no guarantees. You just don’t know in this league,” Caldwell said. “And you anticipate he’s young and strong and he’s one of those guys that has always been a workhorse, and we fully expect him to come back and be what he was last year for us and that was a bell cow.

“He was a tough, hard-nosed guy that set a great tone for us. We are anticipating that exact same sort of effort, and he feels like he’s close, so I feel good about that.”

Fantasy Impact:

He missed the entire spring workouts and has missed the first three weeks of training camp so far. The Lions hope Bell returns to the form he showed during the second half of last season, when he had more than 100 all-purpose yards in four of the last seven regular-season games. It's good news Caldwell expects him to return as the bell cow, but now it's up to Bell. When Bell returns, the story went on to say, he is likely to be the starter in a backfield that includes rookie Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, as well as George Winn and Zach Zenner fighting for a potential No. 4 running back spot.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
With Reggie Bush battling injuries for much of last season, Joique Bell took over the Detroit starting RB position and had a breakout season. The former Wayne State product posted career-highs in carries (223) and rushing yards (860) and tied his high of eight total TDs. He totaled over 100 yards four times in ’14 and is a bruising back at 229 pounds, but with soft hands – averaging 46 receptions in his three NFL seasons.

Fantasy Downside
Bell had off-season knee and Achilles tendon surgeries, forcing him to miss spring workouts. The Lions drafted Ameer Abdullah and you can expect to see him splitting time with Bell, possibly similar to the role Bush played when healthy last season. Joique does not have a 100-yard rushing game in his career and despite his solid year, Detroit still ranked just 28th in rushing.

Bottom Line
Joique will receive the majority of the carries out of the Detroit backfield, but don’t expect him to have more than about 20 total touches per contest (he averaged 17.1 touches last year). With Abdullah and Theo Riddick capable of carrying the backfield load as well, the Lions will look to use all three RBs and keep Bell fresh as the season wears on. Bell recently predicted a 1,200-yard rushing season; but if he’s over 1,000 and close to double-digits in touchdowns, it’ll be a good year.

2015 Strength of Schedule - DET
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
13
@SD
27
@MIN
7
DEN
3
@SEA
1
ARI
23
CHI
27
MIN
16
@KC
BYE17
@GB
28
OAK
26
PHI
17
GB
5
@STL
32
@NO
15
SF
23
@CHI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1NYG1551103.4015015.0035/6752%
2CAR1036013.6066101110.1742/7258%
3GB1533002.200000-36/7548%
4NYJ832004.0027043.5026/6540%
5BUF------------
6MIN1874104.112230311.5045/7064%
7NO1848102.67219059.5052/7074%
8ATL1439002.792220311.0046/7561%
9BYE------------
10MIA1044004.402370318.5045/6767%
11ARI1485006.073300510.0040/5671%
12NE1948002.531-202-2.0055/8069%
13CHI2391203.96216028.0046/7363%
14TB1883104.615501510.0044/6964%
15MIN1562004.134410610.2534/5167%
16CHI1374105.69213036.5038/7253%
17GB1360004.620000-31/6945%
Totals223860713.86343221539.47615/103160%

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