Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell may be the early favorite for the No. 3 running back job because he made plays when given the opportunity last season. Bell, though, will have to work on his ball security if he wants to win the job.
Huddle Up: With the FA signing of Reggie Bush, starter Mikel Leshoure and Bell take a step back on the depth chart, leaving little chance either will repeat their 2012 production aside from an injury to Bush. For Bell that means his 899 yards from scrimmage and 5 TDs could easily be cut in half in 2013.
Posted: 1/17/2013 1:12pm et
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell has familiarity with new running backs coach Curtis Modkins, when Modkins was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach with the Buffalo Bills at the start of Bell's career. 'That was my first year, so he taught me a lot,' Bell said. 'I remember calling him after the draft, after I got picked up, and I was really eager to get started. He was able to kind of calm me down and say don't worry about it. That's the kind of guy he is. He wants you to feel comfortable. You play a lot better when you're comfortable. You're kind of at home with what you're doing. He just made me feel comfortable my first year.' Bell expects Modkins to use him in a similar capacity as he was in 2012.
Huddle Up: Bell was a sneaky-good PPR option last season, catching 52 passes to tie for fifth among all NFL RBs. Still, the Lions are expected to add a back or two in the offseason, and Bell may very well be pushed down the depth chart.
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