Joique Bell Fantasy News
Lions see Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in 'split role'
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:03am
Bush's stock has taken a hit this offseason with the Lombardi hire -- coming from New Orleans, where they use a RBBC -- and the team's decision to re-sign Bell to a long-term deal. Bell was the #17 RB in 2013 (#29 in 2012), so he should be a nice middle round value again in '14. Bush has three straight top 14 finishes in standard formats, but his usage may take a hit this season.
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Reggie Bush is expecting a reduced workload in 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:56am
“We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that,” Bush said. “It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that’s only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season.”
Last season, both Bush and Joique Bell topped 500 yards in rushing and receiving -- the first time two running backs on the same team accomplished that in the same season. Considering the way the New Orleans offense is run, it could happen again in 2014.
Some of that speculation comes from the New Orleans Saints history. Under Sean Payton -- and this is the offense Lombardi said his attack will be based on -- the Saints used more running backs in varying rushing and route-running situations than the Lions did last season, when the team primarily used Bush and Bell with small doses of then-rookie Theo Riddick.
Last season, no New Orleans running back had more than 150 carries, although four had at least 60. Two, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, had more than 70 catches. That type of breakdown has been typical of a Saints' offense in recent years.
Bush may be overdrafted this year based on last year's numbers. The team re-signed Bell to a long-term deal and intend to use him. Bell may end up being the better value on draft day.
Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am
But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.
"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.
"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."
The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.
The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.
Lions re-sign Joique Bell
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 1:16pm
Bell's extension is worth $7 million and will include $4.3 million in guaranteed money, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
In standard formats, Bell was the #29 RB in 2012 and #17 last year. New OC Joe Lombardi (previously with the Saints) is expected to bring more balance to the Lions' offense which means that Bell should once again have a large role alongside Reggie Bush. Bush's presence means that Bell should be a good value on draft day. In early drafts, he is the 25th RB off the board in the 8th round.
Lions could replicate Saints' RBBC
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:30pm
With new coach Jim Caldwell, and especially offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, there may be a more pronounced emphasis on the Lions' run game and perhaps roles for more than two backs. Caldwell has had successful run offenses in Indianapolis and Baltimore, as did Lombardi in New Orleans.
“If you go back and look at what the Saints did, they used multiple backs in a lot of different ways,” Mayhew said. “I’m encouraged about that for [Mikel Leshoure]. It could bode well for him in terms of getting more playing time and having a more specific, defined role in our offense.
Monday, December 23, 2013, 10:32am
Lions coach Jim Schwartz denied that RB Reggie Bush was benched because of the fumble, after which the Giants scored a touchdown, but rookie Theo Riddick receiving a handoff in the fourth quarter at the New York 2 was enough evidence. Riddick scored his first career touchdown on the play and had two carries for 8 yards in the game.
Bush finished with 12 carries for 34 yards and two catches for 10 yards while Joique Bell got a bulk of the work for the game finishing with 20 carries. It was Bush's fourth fumble of the season.
MNF Injury Report - Reggie Bush QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 4:30pm
LB Elvis Dumervil (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (ankle)
CB Lardarius Webb (abdomen)
CB Chris Houston (toe), CB Darius Slay (knee)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), RB Reggie Bush (calf)
S Louis Delmas (knee), DE Israel Idonije (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), T LaAdrian Waddle (elbow), S John Wendling (illness)
Reggie Bush didn't practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday and Saturday. He could be a game-time call in a tough matchup. Owners who have both Bush and Joique Bell will be in good shape for this call as Bell can fill in nicely if Bush can't go. However, Bush-only owners will be risking a possible inactive or even re-aggravating of his calf injury. WR Calvin Johnson is probable and should be good to go. The Ravens come into this game healthy in terms of offensive fantasy players.
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 12:36pm
One season after leading the team in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns, Leshoure's role vanished when the Lions signed Reggie Bush in the offseason and Joique Bell leaped over him on depth chart with a strong training camp and preseason.
Leshoure has been active just three games this season and tallied a measly two snaps with the offense.
As the story points out, he was routinely referenced in trade rumors before the deadline, but the Lions ultimately felt he was more valuable as insurance in case Bell suffered an injury. He's just 23, and while the Lions say he has a bright future, he'll probably have to go somewhere else to prove that.
Reggie Bush expected to play in Week 15
Friday, December 13, 2013, 5:13pm
Bush isn't as solid of a start as usual due to the chance for re-injury or some other setback prior to Monday night's game. The Lions also may elect to play Joique Bell more than usual to keep Bush healthy. Still, it's a big game for the Lions and Bush will get most of the work if he's close to healthy. The Lions will release their final injury report on Saturday.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 2:40pm
We all know what happened this past week as Bush was injured in warmups and didn't play despite being active. To make matters worse for owners, the Lions play on Monday night at home against the Ravens in Week 15. Hopefully if you're a Bush owner, you're a Joique Bell owner as well, because the switch would be easy despite it not being the greatest of matchups.
Reggie Bush injures calf
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 7:00pm
The Lions said Bush was questionable to play in Sunday's game. Bush appeared to hurt himself on the snowy Lincoln Financial Field during pregame warmups.