The Chiefs are going to lean on Le’Veon
Le’Veon Bell didn’t jump off the stat sheet in his Chiefs debut, but it’s clear he’ll be an important part of this offense moving forward. He had a nice debut, including a 16-yard run on his first carry. Bell rushed 6 times for 39 yards against the Broncos.
Even in those 6 carries, the stylistic contrast to Clyde Edwards-Helaire is clear. Bell is a bit more forceful and deliberate with his footwork. He’ll surely work well as a mentor and teacher to Edwards-Helaire. Bell showed off his patented patient style that gave Chiefs fans fits back when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Andy Reid called an interesting play against the Broncos during which Edwards-Helaire and Bell both lined up out wide. The play was unsuccessful, but still, the call seemed a to a sign of things to come. I’m interested to see if Reid starts designing more and more plays where each running back lines up out wide.
The addition of Bell still feels strangely surreal. He had a nice debut in an auxiliary role. But I think there’s a good chance that we see Bell as more of a Swiss army knife moving forward. Once he gets more reps in practice, Chiefs fans should be curious and intrigued by the kind and size of role Bell will occupy.