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 Post subject: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:25 pm 
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His YPC have been discussed. But I'm wondering if this receiving reputation really doesn't just stem from a few big plays earlier in his career when the defense was sleeping or caught off-guard.

He's not fast, and he's not actually a receiver....I think people felt his shifty-ness and quick feet translate to running good routes and separation, but I'm not seeing it.

He has good hands, but that's only part of the equation. Do you think there's still potential there, or is it time for the infatuation with splitting him out and running a tree to end?

"2nd best" receiver last year? I'm not even sure if he's our 4th or 5th best option in the passing game this year.
Screens and outlets, sure. But maybe it's time to ditch the designed pass plays for this guy.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:28 pm 
If everyone stays healthy I predict Bell and Bryant are going to hit their stride and start blowing shit up about Thanksgiving and not stop til they are taking Lombardi selfies


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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:28 pm 
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He's great at catching little dumpers and getting tackled. He's never gonna run away from anyone for a long gainer, obviously.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:35 pm 
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Lynch wrote:
He's great at catching little dumpers and getting tackled. He's never gonna run away from anyone for a long gainer, obviously.


And maybe there is some recognition of that, because it seemed like he was getting less targets late last year.

I think most defenses probably have LBers who can cover him. The designed pass plays for him need to be reserved for those teams who don't.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:36 pm 
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He was our 2nd best WR last year because Bryant wasn't here, Wheaton is a 3rd(proving as much in Chicago), and most of what we had last year were rookies or old vets with limited route trees. I'd take Bell on an LB and most safeties all day. I think most teams are forcing him into those long wheel routes that require a good throw for Ben to get it to him- and it just hasn't happened yet. Having an on-point Bell in there reduces blitzes or at least announces where it's coming from giving the offense a leg up.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:45 pm 
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Bell can run routes and get open like a receiver. So far this year he's rarely been lined up out wide or used for much more than dump offs.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:03 pm 
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I would be happy if Bell did not line up a single play out wide.

Bell is an elite runner

Bell is a threat anytime he touches the ball

Linebackers safeties Dlinemen have to account for Bell when he is lined up at running back

Throwing windows expand when defenders are hesitant...Bell slows down front 7's

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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:32 pm 
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FC wrote:
I would be happy if Bell did not line up a single play out wide.

Bell is an elite runner

Bell is a threat anytime he touches the ball

Linebackers safeties Dlinemen have to account for Bell when he is lined up at running back

Throwing windows expand when defenders are hesitant...Bell slows down front 7's


I get why you don't want to line him up out wide. What about splitting him wide off of motion?

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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:48 pm 
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SteelPro wrote:
FC wrote:
I would be happy if Bell did not line up a single play out wide.

Bell is an elite runner

Bell is a threat anytime he touches the ball

Linebackers safeties Dlinemen have to account for Bell when he is lined up at running back

Throwing windows expand when defenders are hesitant...Bell slows down front 7's


I get why you don't want to line him up out wide. What about splitting him wide off of motion?


A few times a game I can live with it. When you motion him out...The defensive is prone to give up zone or man coverage which is a nice advantage.

I would love to move around parts ..To make that happen the team must break the huddle with 15-20 seconds on the play clock

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 Post subject: Re: Is Bell really a great receiving back?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:06 am 
FC wrote:

I would love to move around parts ..To make that happen the team must break the huddle with 15-20 seconds on the play clock



Good luck with that :lol:


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