The Jets could not even get to the regular season before Le’Veon Bell’s carries became an issue.
The running back took to Twitter to gripe about his role in an intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday. Bell played two series in the scrimmage and then watched the rest from the sideline. Jets coach Adam Gase said Bell was pulled out as a precaution because he had hamstring tightness.
Shortly after Gase said that to the media, Bell took to Twitter.
The first tweet said “ain’t nothin wrong with my hamstring.”
He followed that up with, “its tough to stay loose when you do a bunch of standing around……& I’m used to GOINGGG.”
When someone replied that it was just practice, Bell said, “exactly…I PRACTICE for a GAME!!! I need to PRACTICE to be great in GAMES!!! Duh.”
The Gase-Bell relationship has been a source of drama and fascination since former GM Mike Maccagnan signed Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million contract in 2019. After Maccagnan was fired, it came out that the Bell signing was a major disagreement between them. Gase did not feel the Jets should sign a running back for that much money.
When Bell struggled in his first year as a Jet, many put the blame on Gase, who calls the plays. Bell has supported Gase publicly as recently as two weeks ago.
But he was unhappy Wednesday.
The Jets held their first real scrimmage of training camp. Bell was in with the starting offense on the first series. He had one carry for no yards and then caught a short swing pass. The offense went three-and-out. Frank Gore was in on the second series. Bell came back for the third series. Quarterback Sam Darnold threw a deep pass down the sideline to Bell but the pass fell incomplete. That was his final play of the scrimmage.
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Gase indicated that Bell had to be forced out of practice.
“I just know right now we were being precautionary,” Gase said. “He hasn’t been somebody who really comes out of practice. I’ll always have to hold him and be like, ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to go.’ He’ll try to go back out there. That’s why we pulled him out. He won’t do it on his own. He’ll keep going out there until someone else pulls him out.”