When the Eagles signed Mike Bell, I was quite happy with the move. His size and power are a great compliment to LeSean McCoy who is more of a shifty runner. Also, he has only spent four years in the NFL, so he has plenty of tread left on the tires.
However, we have yet to see much of anything out of Bell due to a nagging calf injury that his kept him off the field. However, Bell will return to action on Friday night and participate in his first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bell has something to prove to me on Friday night.
At this point in the preseason, we’ve seen some real promise from the running back position. McCoy is your obvious starter and looks improved from his rookie season in 2009. We’ve seen both Eldra Buckley and Martell Mallett run the ball well. Leonard Weaver has even been involved, showing that he’s still an option that will run the ball hard if it’s put in his hands.
With all the promise in the backfield, I want to see Bell step up and show us he’s the clear-cut number two guy. As we enter the regular season, I don’t want there to be any doubt in my mind that he deserves that role. The first steps to proving that will come Friday night when he takes the field against the Chiefs.
The starters should play a nice chunk of this game, so I want to see how the Eagles fit him into the offense. I want to see him run the ball hard, and I want to see him establish himself as a threat catching balls out of the backfield.
Bell has a total of 26 receptions in 37 career games. If you know the Eagles offense, you know those numbers won’t fly here.
I really want to see Bell make some plays on Friday and prove that he will a solid contributor to this team.