Bell has been brought in to fill the void left by the injured John Griffin, who suffered a broken leg during the preseason game at Detroit on Friday. Bell said that he feels “blessed” to be back on the field with the Jets and seems determined to make the most of his encore with the team.
“I felt like when I was here last year, my time was short,” Bell said. “I love the coach, I love the team, the environment, the city, so it’s just a blessing. I’m thankful and grateful for the opportunity.” When his phone rang this weekend, Bell was not surprised to hear the Jets on the other end. The fifth-year back has been preparing for his training camp invitation this entire offseason, something he proved by looking sharp during his first practice with the team.
“Usually you get a two-to-three-month window before you have to start OTAs, but this is the first year I haven’t been a part of a team up to this point,” he said. “I just made sure I stayed on top of my workout regimen. I was training for this call, hoping for this call, and when it came I wanted to be able to step in and show what I could do.”