FLORFAM PARK, NJ – Before practicing every day, the New York Gets running away to Leah Von Bell tells his defensive teammates: "Give me something."
Bell, cautiously out of pre-season games, wants to adjust his body to contact him before making his Jets debut in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. So, in a very unwavering step, he seeks to settle.
"Go to the ball, stuff like that, just so I can get ready," Bell said Wednesday.
The Jets' award-winning agent will sit out the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night, just as he did the first two pre-season games. Beginners are not expected to play a final in the pre-season. Bell, 27, said he was on board with coach Adam Gasse's decision to keep him out of action live, confident he could get his regular season training on the field.
Because of his dispute last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell has not played for 19 months.
"I know once I get into the game it's going to be a little bit different, but it's something I will adapt to," he said. "I've been playing soccer all my life."
Bell did not want his teammates to deliver punishment, but he said he believed any contact with the upper body would do him good. If they are ashamed, he said he will try to get under their skin by initiating contact.
"I try to do it on purpose, just so I can feel it," he said. "A lot of times you'll start seeing guys a little frustrated and trying to hit me back – and that's what I need. They won't take me to the ground and they won't go to my feet. Hitting me up, things like that, I need it all. "
Gas has increased repetitions of Bell's practice, giving him approximately 15 "touches" a day – much to go back to. Gase said he thought it was not worth the risk to expose Bell in the pre-season, so he decided to keep his offensive No. 1 weapon on the sidelines.
"I don't think getting four plays in the pre-season will help me in Week 1," Bell said.
To stay involved, Bell dressed up in the first two games and participated in warm-ups. Fourth-seeded player Sam Darnold could not resist the opportunity to pamper his new teammate.
"He's out there playing and pads, dancing around," Darnold said. "He's like, & # 39; Come on, guys, fired & # 39; I'm like, 'Bruce, you're not even playing. Once you start playing, you can start doing things. ""
Gasse, who was reportedly unimpressed by the decision to give him a $ 27m bail in return, said he was eager to see Bell in the playing field.
"I can't wait to see what he does on Sunday," he said. "Practicing with him, it's fun enough. You can tell the guy he's a special, special player. "