It's not the best matchup against the Cowboys, but the offense should get a boost with Darnold as the starter. The big question may be Darnold's conditioning but the hope is the passing game can now free up some room for Bell while boosting Crowder and Anderson at WR. TE Herndon could also be activated this week from his suspension.
Bell went for an MRI on his shoulder on Thursday but that did not reveal any major damage. Head coach Adam Gase said Bell would be good to go for Monday and Bell practiced Friday (on a limited basis) and Saturday. Keep your options open just in case but it sounds like Bell will be in the lineup Monday night.
Jets RB LeVeon Bell (shoulder) returned to take limited...
Sep 13 · 7:04 PM EDT
Jets RB LeVeon Bell (shoulder) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Bell is good to go for Monday Night Football.
Jets RB LeVeon Bell (shoulder) missed practice Thursday...
Sep 12 · 7:36 PM EDT
Jets RB LeVeon Bell (shoulder) missed practice Thursday. He had an MRI on his shoulder but announced on Twitter that he was all clear and that he plans to play on Monday night. Given the injury, there is a bit more risk in starting Bell, but he's still the team's bellcow and should produce against the Browns.
LeVeon Bell's MRI revealed no major damage or tears, per source. The test was mostly precautionary.
Le'Veon Bell gets the all-clear from the MRI, which must give a sigh of relief to the Jets, who have been hit hard this week with Sam Darnold's mono. Ty Montgomery returns to pure backup status while Bell should see a big workload with Darnold out against the Bills.
LeVeon Bell won’t practice today. Being evaluated for shoulder soreness. He’s getting an MRI. Gase still hopes he can play.
The hits keep on coming for the Jets. LeVeon Bell missed practice on Wednesday with a sore shoulder and will get an MRI. If Bell can't go, Ty Montgomery would benefit the most, but with Trevor Siemian leading the way, for now, the whole offense will take a hit.
Adam Gase did the right thing by keeping LeVeon 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.
There have been good things coming out of New York about Montgomery since OTAs, so this isn't really a surprise. The story said it's unrealistic to expect vintage Bell in Week 1 so owners may need to be patient for a few weeks.
LeVeon Bell finally got a day off from drug testing Sunday.
But the Jets’ new running back still missed time during practice because of leg cramps. He was more involved in the offense during team drills, though after one run he delivered a brief scare, hobbling off to the sideline to be looked at by trainers. He came back and later took more reps in seven-on-seven, before running into the issue again.
Coach Adam Gase said he was not concerned about Bell’s health and didn’t think it would be something he’d need to monitor.
It sounds like the team believes it was all just leg cramps, and head coach Adam Gase said the team is emphasizing hydration, especially in the beginning of camp.
Through four training camp practices, it has been clear that Gase likes the idea of mixing and matching his backs while using them in various ways. There could be multiple ballcarriers lined up at different spots on a given play, presenting a big-time challenge for opposing defenses.
Bell will be the primary ball carrier, obviously, but it seems like the rest could also be involved in all aspects of the offense. The team likely can't keep all five backs listed above, and there have been stories that McGuire and Cannon could be on the roster bubble. Right now, the Jets are taking it easy with Bell and likely making sure to get a good look at the rest of the backfield.
Jamison Crowder had an impressive spring. He is extremely quick and looked fully healthy. The combination of Crowder, LeVeon Bell and Chris Herndon should give Darnold plenty of options in the middle of the field and create headaches for opposing defenses. Adam Gase will create mismatches with Crowder and if he can get a linebacker on him, watch out.
Crowder returned punts in Washington and he could get a look in that unsettled role with the Jets, but they are clearly more interested in him as their starting slot receiver.