Jets RB Bell: Preseason reps not essential for success

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t worried about getting up to speed after sitting out all of last season in a contract dispute.

He told reporters he doesn’t believe preseason work is required for him to be ready for the season opener.

“I don’t really necessarily need (preseason reps),” Bell said, per the New York Daily News. “If I get them, they’ll help. But I don’t think I’ll need them. I think once we get out there … football is football. I’ve been playing for so long. It naturally will come back to me. I’ll get adjusted to the game … in a couple plays and I’m ready to go.”

Bell, 27, signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in March.

Bell rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns and caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven scores in five seasons (62 games) with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013-17.

The Jets face the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason game on Thursday.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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