Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
6 months ago

Prior to releasing the running back, the Lions offered Bell an opportunity to stay with the team at a reduced rate, which he declined, mlive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move saved the Lions $2.5 million against the team's 2016 salary cap. That said, Bell, who turns 30 in August, hasn't ruled out a potential return to Detroit, but before such a notion is entertained, he'll explore his options as a free agent. Bell is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he averaged just 3.5 yards on 90 carries over the span of 13 contests.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
6 months ago

The Lions released Bell on Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

In a cost-cutting move, the Lions have decided to move on from Bell, who burst onto the scene during the 2012 season. His production on both the ground and through the air spurred the team to extend a two-year extension during the 2014 offseason. However, injuries afflicted him throughout the past campaign, as he managed 90 carries for 311 yards, 22 receptions (on 27 targets) for 286 yards, and four touchdowns across 13 appearances. The 29-year-old back will now aim to join another organization, though a change-of-pace role is likely his ceiling at this point in his career.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
8 months ago

Bell wrapped up the 2015 season with 311 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries and 22 catches for another 286 yards.

EDGE Analysis

For many of Bell's teammates, production started coming along after the Lions' switch at coordinator. Bell started coming around at the same time, but his improvements likely had more to do with getting healthy after battling knee and ankle injuries. Bell was the only Lions back to rack up over 100 total yards in a game, Week 15 against New Orleans, and his four touchdowns also led Detroit backs. Detroit has a lot of talented youth running back, including Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, so Bell and his contract could be a cap casualty. If he stays, expect for him to continue to be featured in goal-line situations.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
8 months ago

Bell caught both of his targets for 49 yards and added three carries for nine yards in Sunday's win over the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's five touches tied a season low. The veteran back had tallied betweeen seven and eight carries with two catches in each of the five games leading into Sunday, during which he scored three of his four touchdowns on the season. With younger, cheaper options available in Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, it wouldn't be a surprise if Bell spent his age-30 season on another team. Should he move on, he could be considered a value as a goal-line back.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
8 months ago

Bell carried the ball seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the 49ers. He added nine receiving yards on two catches.

EDGE Analysis

Bell powered his way up the middle for a 1-yard score in the second quarter, his second touchdown in as many weeks. Bell may have crashed back down to earth with 22 total yards on Sunday after a combined 176 in the previous two weeks, but he has also removed any doubt as to who the Lions' goal-line back is. Bell leads Detroit's three-headed rushing attack with four touchdowns despite his 107 total touches ranking behind those of Ameer Abdullah, 157, and Theo Riddick, 117.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
8 months ago

Bell rushed eight times for 71 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes (on three targets) for 30 yards in Monday night's win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's season-high rushing total was supported by a game-long 36-yard run Monday, which also marked his longest rush of the season. What's more, Bell found the end zone for just the third time this year thanks to a one-yard touchdown plunge during the fourth quarter. After topping 100 all-purpose yards Monday night, Bell will hope for another impressive outing at home Sunday against the 49ers.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
8 months ago

Bell rushed for 50 yards on seven carries and added 25 yards through the air on two catches in Sunday's loss to St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

Bell seems to have found a more consistent, productive role over the past three weeks - touching the ball either nine or 10 times in each matchup and posting his two best games in terms of total yardage in the process. That doesn't necessarily make him a worth-while fantasy contributor, however. Bell has still found the end zone just once since Week 3 and it's hard to put too much faith in any member of Detroit's backfield from week to week given the ever-changing dynamics of the group.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
9 months ago

Bell caught two passes off of two targets for 25 yards and added added five rushing yards on eight carries in Thursday's loss to Green Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Bell has tallied more receiving yards than rushing yards in three of his past four outings and trails rookie Ameer Abdullah in total carries over the past three weeks 41 to 21. Becoming more of a receiving threat isn't necessarily the best path for Bell from a fantasy perspective considering his teammate Theo Riddick leads all NFL backs in catches. At this point in the season, it seems as though Abdullah has carved a role as the team's top runner, Riddick is the passing-downs back and Bell has been the third man - sans a consistent role.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
9 months ago

Bell rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and added two catches and 57 yards through the air in Thursday's win over the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

Thursday's game featured Bell's first score since Week 3 and his 82 total yards were 26 more than any previous game this season. The stats don't necessarily show an accurate picture, however. Bell's touchdown and 56 of his total yards came after halftime, with the Lions up by multiple scores. He managed only three touches in the first half when the game was not yet in hand. Those who used their soothsaying skills to put Bell in their lineup on Thursday can count themselves lucky, but there is little reason for others to climb aboard. Rookie Ameer Abdullah more than doubled Bell's touches and, as the season continues, Bell will continue to have to compete with Theo Riddick for time behind Abdullah.

Joique Bell
RB DET (10)
9 months ago

Bell ran for 22 yards on six carries in Sunday's win over the Raiders. He was targeted once and delivered a 18-yard reception.

EDGE Analysis

One week after tallying a season-high 14 carries in the Lions' Week 10 win over Green Bay, Bell snapped back to reality with six carries - his average coming into Week 10. The Lions are owners of the league's worst rushing offense and Bell, despite entering the year as the team's starter, has not provided many answers. Bell has led the Lions in carries in three of the seven games in which he has played, with rookie Ameer Abdullah leading the team in carries six times in 10 games. The safe money is on that trend continuing, with the rookie getting the bulk of the carries with Bell and Theo Riddick filling in behind.