Jets coach Adam Gase said that he plans to take a "less is more" approach with running back Le'Veon Bell next season. He said "we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it's just all on him all the time." (ESPN)
Considering the $13.5M per year that the Jets owe Bell, it would be shocking to see his role reduced to part of a committee. Bell was eighth in touches last season with 245 carries and 66 receptions, but was 16th in scrimmage yards among running backs. His 3.2 yards per attempt were by far the lowest of his career (he was averaging 4.3 in Pittsburgh) and Gase seems to be passing the blame on him seeing loaded boxes and too much volume. Bell had 406 touches in 2017, his last year with the Steelers, and 311 last season in New York. While limiting Bell's touches might help his per touch numbers, Sam Darnold's progression will be the biggest factor in Bell's overall production for 2020. Currently ranked our 25th running back, Bell's upside and talent will likely cause him to slide up between now and Week 1.