Le'Veon Bell
Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

When it comes to the things he can fully control, Le’Veon Bell gets the job done at an elite level.

Running back is an incredibly difficult position to evaluate. Rushing production is so dependent on a number of factors that the back has no control over, particularly, the performances of the offensive line and the play-caller.

Le’Veon Bell‘s first season with the Jets was a disappointment due largely in part to the lack of support he received. The offensive line – terrible. Play-calling – questionable at best. Bell ranked 44th out of 45 qualifiers with an average of 3.2 yards per attempt in spite of his mostly-solid play as a ball-carrier. Gaining a league-worst 1.2 yards before contact per rush attempt, Bell had no shot of overcoming the hand he was dealt.

While producing as a rusher is a running back’s primary responsibility, there are a number of other ways the position impacts the game. A few of these areas are almost completely under the back’s own control.

It is his proficiency with the controllable skills where Bell makes it clear how excellent of an all-around football player he is. He performed at a tremendous level in those areas as a Steeler and carried that over to New York.

I took 45 running backs (100+ rushing attempts in 2019) and measured their ability to avoid three types of negative plays – drops, allowed pressures, and fumbles.

Few players were able to minimize those mistakes as well as Bell.

Jets X-Factor Membership
Sorry, the content stops here if you’re not a Jet X Member, not currently logged-in, or viewing from an outside source such as Google AMP or an RSS Feed where logged-in status is not possible.

Get Started with the button below to access this Jets X-Factor article and the best damn New York Jets content in the world for free (after becoming a member, search for this article near the bottom of the Membership Confirmation page):
Jets X-Factor Membership, Get Started
Log In with the button below if you’re already a member:
Jets X-Factor, Log In
Connect with the button below if you’d like to create a free account first:
Jets X-Factor, Register, Connect

Audio Version available to members only: Learn more here

Download Jet X Mobile on the App Store and Google Play.

Want More NY Jets News & Jets X-Factor Content?

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Google/Android (Google Play) device.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed to stay up to date with the New York Jets.

Follow us on Twitter @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Join the official Jets Discord community to connect with likeminded fans.

Michael Nania is one of the best analytical New York Jets minds in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at]jetsxfactor.com - Twitter: @Michael_Nania
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments