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Le’Veon Bell accuses Jamal Adams of lying to him in Twitter beef

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Le’Veon Bell and Jamal Adams appear to have a Twitter beef.

The issues between the former teammates percolated on Twitter Saturday after Adams was traded by the New York Jets to the Seattle Seahawks.

Bell, who signed with the Jets last offseason, appeared to subtweet Adams. The running back implied Adams did a lot to recruit Bell to the Jets, only to leave the team a year later.

Adams recognized the message was intended for him and said he was looking forward to them meeting in Week 14 when the Seahawks host the Jets.

Bell responded, insisting that Adams “lied” to him. He also said he wasn’t taking Adams’ tweet as a threat despite the tone of it.

That Week 14 matchup between the Seahawks and Jets just got a lot more interesting.

As for Bell saying Adams was saying stuff he didn’t even believe, he’s probably talking about what Adams did to force a trade.

Adams had been looking for a contract extension for a while and was pushing for either that or a trade. Bell sat out an entire season rather than play for the Steelers under terms he did not like, so he should understand better than anyone the lengths a player will go to get a contract he desires.

Le’Veon Bell seems to shade Jamal Adams after trade

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Le’Veon Bell doesn’t seem particularly impressed by how Jamal Adams conducted himself prior to his trade away from the New York Jets.

Bell credited Adams with being a key reason behind the running back’s decision to sign with the Jets a year ago, saying that Adams “was doing everything to get me here” and crediting the safety for making the signing happen. A year later, Adams essentially pushed his way out of the organization.

On Saturday, after the Adams trade was made official, Bell took what seemed to be a pretty clear shot at Adams via social media.

Bell seems to feel a bit betrayed, and while Adams had his own reasons for wanting to leave, you can hardly blame the running back. Bell had a dismal first season with the Jets that ended with him becoming the subject of trade rumors. Now the guy who played a huge role in recruiting Bell pushed his way out of the organization. It’s fair to say Bell may no longer be as much of a fan anymore.

Le’Veon Bell has funny reaction to low ESPN ranking

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Le’Veon Bell may have had a mediocre 2019 season, but he thinks that he’s being slept on heading into the 2020 campaign.

ESPN’s “Get Up” posted a graphic Thursday ranking the top ten running backs in the league based on input from over 50 NFL scouts, executives, and players. Bell, who clocked in at No. 10 on the list, had this funny reaction in response.

The three-time Pro Bowler Bell is a few years removed now from his peak production levels. He sat out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with Pittsburgh Steelers and rushed for an unspectacular 789 yards and three touchdowns on 3.2 yards per carry with the New York Jets last season.

While Bell’s 2019 performance could have been a function of his environment on a 7-9 Jets team, the ranking still seems pretty fair. Head coach Adam Gase does have a plan to increase Bell’s impact though, so the 28-year-old will look to outperform those expectations in 2020.

Jets could trade Le’Veon Bell at deadline if they’re out of contention?

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The New York Jets have admitted in the past that they have not completely ruled out trading Le’Veon Bell, but they appear to be committed to the star running back heading into 2020. Depending upon how the team performs, that could change rather quickly.

Bell averaged a measly 3.2 yards per carry last season, but the Jets have revamped their offensive line this year and are hoping that helps both Bell and Sam Darnold. They also signed veteran Frank Gore, who could lessen Bell’s workload. However, if Bell gets off to the same type of start this season that he got off to in 2019, the trade speculation could finally become a reality.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini believes the Jets are likely going to shop Bell at the trade deadline this season if they are out of playoff contention. Although, trading him could be easier said than done. Bell still has three seasons remaining on the four-year, $52 million contract he signed with New York over a year ago. There have been some concerns about his conditioning and explosiveness, so he may not be an appealing trade target if he looks sluggish again.

Bell has gone out of his way to downplay the supposed issues he was having with Jets head coach Adam Gase. We know that winning in the NFL is the ultimate cure, so things will probably be fine between the two if the Jets get out to a hot start. If not and Bell is perceived to be part of the problem, he is almost certain to be shopped on the trade market.

5 NFL veterans who need a bounceback season

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Even veteran players are prone to bad seasons. Despite their experience and talent, sometimes things just don’t click, be it an underlying injury, a bad supporting cast, or a poor scheme fit. It’s particularly troublesome when vets go through bad seasons, as NFL teams rely on their most experienced and accomplished players to drive them forward. If that doesn’t happen, the whole team suffers.

So which NFL veterans really need to turn things around and get back on track in 2020? Here are five to watch for.


Steelers rookie Anthony McFarland taking Le’Veon Bell’s old number

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A Pittsburgh Steelers running back will be wearing No. 26 in 2020, even if it’s not Le’Veon Bell.

Anthony McFarland, Pittsburgh’s 4th round pick, has opted to wear No. 26 with the Steelers. He clarified that it’s not meant as disrespectful to Bell, a former All-Pro with Pittsburgh.

“I watch his game, I study his film as somebody who’s been a great back in the league for a long time,” McFarland said Saturday, via Chris Adamski of TribLive. “It’s definitely me looking up at him and not a sign of disrespect.”

Bell’s departure from Pittsburgh was acrimonious, though ex-teammates claim that there are no hard feelings. McFarland probably hopes he can make Steelers fans forget Bell entirely. The bar is pretty high considering how good Bell was in Pittsburgh.

Adam Gase has plan to make Le’Veon Bell more effective

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Le’Veon Bell’s first season with the New York Jets was enormously disappointing, and head coach Adam Gase is working hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Gase has two key aspects of his plan to make Bell more effective in 2020, and wants to lighten the load on his featured back.

“I do think we have some guys that can help maybe lessen the load on [Bell] to where it’s not all on him,” Gase said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it’s just all on him all the time.”

Gase is also banking on improved personnel resulting in fewer loaded boxes for Bell to run into, which was a significant problem in 2019.

“If you have the vertical threats like I think we’re going to have with the wide receivers now, hey, maybe we’ll start seeing two-high zone instead of them just focusing on one guy in the receiving corps,” Gase said. “You’ve got [tight end] Chris Herndon back. You’ve got [tight end] Ryan Griffin. You’ve got some guys who can do some different things there and stretch the field vertically. That was something Chris was really good at. Now, all of a sudden, Le’Veon is seeing lighter boxes, which he didn’t see a lot last year. We saw loaded boxes for the most part. We didn’t do a good enough job winning in the passing game to open some of that stuff up.”

The Jets didn’t have a good offensive line last year, which has to improve. It sounds like there was also some behind-the-scenes grumbling about Bell’s conditioning. Ultimately, Gase knows that Bell being better is good for Sam Darnold and the entire offense, and it has to be a major priority going forward.