KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs definitely will not complain in the event that they get from Le’Veon Bell what he delivered within the prime of his profession with the Pittsburgh Steelers. As just lately as 2017, Bell rushed for nearly 1,300 yards, caught 85 passes and scored 11 complete touchdowns.
They will not ask him for that, although, and it may be a pair weeks earlier than he may even enter a recreation. The 28-year-old Bell cannot get into the Chiefs facility or onto the follow discipline till he has at the least six straight days of unfavorable COVID-19 testing.
They do not want prime-of-his-career manufacturing both, not with the Chiefs additionally having rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire at working again. A extra seemingly situation has the 2 splitting time in some vogue because the Chiefs’ featured again.
However after signing a one-year deal with Bell on Thursday, the Chiefs are hoping for among the participant Bell was whereas in Pittsburgh. If he’s he wouldn’t solely fill in a giant gap of their working recreation, he would strengthen their effort to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions.
Instantly, Bell may assist the Chiefs run the ball higher in goal-line and short-yardage conditions. Edwards-Helaire has been a failure in these areas. He has 9 carries in goal-to-go conditions and minus-1 yard and no touchdowns to point out for it. No different NFL participant has greater than 4 goal-to-go carries this season with out scoring a landing.
The Chiefs have one dashing landing from a working again this season, that being provided by Edwards-Helaire on a 27-yard run in Week 1 in opposition to the Houston Texans. Since then, the Chiefs have scored dashing touchdowns on solely scrambles by quarterback Patrick Mahomes (twice) or after they hand the ball to large receiver Tyreek Hill (as soon as).
Issues had been so dangerous in brief yardage the Chiefs twice on fourth-and-1 performs felt they needed to hand the ball to fullback Anthony Sherman and as soon as to third-string again Darwin Thompson, however by no means to Edwards-Helaire.
Past needing a brief yardage working again, the Chiefs wanted depth on the place. They virtually at all times do. In 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, their featured again in the beginning of the season wasn’t an element by the top. Whether or not it was Jamaal Charles or Spencer Ware getting injured, Kareem Hunt getting launched or LeSean McCoy getting benched, the Chiefs had been pressured to dig into their depth at an vital place in Andy Reid’s offensive system.
Usually, they thrived whereas doing so. With McCoy inactive for final season’s Tremendous Bowl, Damien Williams was a star with two fourth quarter touchdowns and greater than 100 yards dashing.
Earlier than signing Bell, the Chiefs had little in the way in which of expertise at working again. Edwards-Helaire has performed in 5 NFL video games. Damien Williams opted out of the season earlier than it began due to COVID-19 considerations. Not one of the backups, together with Thompson, Darrel Williams or DeAndre Washington, have ever been a featured again for an prolonged time period.
By means of that lens alone, this was a transfer the Chiefs needed to make. That they had no confirmed insurance coverage for Edwards-Helaire, himself nonetheless one thing of an unknown. Nothing in opposition to any of the backups, however none of them are Le’Veon Bell.