Joique Bell, RB, Lions
|RB - #32||DET||Probable||5 years||27||5'11||220||@JoiqueBell|
2013 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Aug-23-2013 by Matt De Lima
Considering the injury history of RBs Reggie Bush and Mikel Leshoure, it may be wise to stash Joique Bell in some deeper formats. Bell is currently third on the depth chart and ran well in limited opportunities last season. He rushed 82 times for 414 yards (5.0 ypc) and three scores. His ability to both run and catch the ball (52 receptions for 485 yards) will fit right in to what Detroit wants to do if Bush or Leshoure goes down.
Update 8/23: Joique Bell appears to be the favorite for the backup running back duties to Reggie Bush. If Bush were to experience an injury, you want to own Joique Bell.
The Lions and running back Joique Bell have been working on a contract extension for a while now, but coming into today, they hadn't agreed on anything yet. So, to make sure the restricted free agent didn't slip through their fingers when free agency officially begins this afternoon, the Lions put a second-round tender on Bell. That tender put Bell under contract for 2014, allowed the two sides to keep working toward a long-term deal and guaranteed that the Lions would receive a second-round pick if another team came along with an offer Bell couldn't refuse.
But we didn't have to wait long for that new deal to arrive. Just a few hours in fact. The Lions have given Bell a three-year extension worth $9.3 million, including $4.3 million guaranteed according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Bell had a breakout season in 2013 as he gained almost 1,200 yards from scrimmage, caught 53 passes and scored eight touchdowns despite playing second fiddle to Reggie Bush for most of the year.
For what it's worth, that $4.3 million is more guaranteed money than the Lions gave Bush prior to last season. It's hard to argue that Bell's not worth it. He fit so well into Detroit's pass-happy offense, but he has also shown himself to be a tough, between-the-tackles runner. That skill will serve him well this season as new head coach Jim Caldwell inputs a more traditional offense. Bush is still the leader of this timeshare, but Bell is one of the best handcuffs/secondary RBs to own. He gets enough work to be considered an every-week flex play.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/11 - RB Joique Bell, Lions agree to 3-year extension
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|13.12||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|14.09||Zach Law on Sports|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|13.06||DynastyLeague Football - I think Bell, not Leshoure, is the compliment to Reggie Bush in Detroit and if Bush goes down it will be Bell sees his value increase more than anyone.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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