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Jets Announce RB Le’Veon Bell Won’t Play a Down in the Preseason

The Jets are playing it ultra-safe with their biggest offseason pickup for their offense, as the team has announced that Le’Veon Bell will not play at all in the preseason.

When Bell does get his first carry, it will be the first for him in a game in over a year and a half, 19 months.

It’s interesting that the team does not seem to feel like Bell will have much rust once he gets going, and Ralph Vacchiano of SNY says that the team is smart not to push Bell in a meaningless preseason game and instead save him for when it matters.

Adam Gase is smart to be cautious with his star running back. And the decision he announced on Sunday night to keep the 27-year-old Bell out for the entire preseason is absolutely the right move.

The last thing the Jets need is to lose Bell before they even have a chance to use him. They spent $52.5 million on him in March, even upping their offer to seal the deal, because they knew he’d be the linchpin of Gase’s attack. They viewed him as the perfect weapon to help their young, star quarterback and a way to take the pressure off their undermanned receiving corps.

So now the Jets are getting a look at who might be in the mix for backup roles as well as players that might need to see the field to get ready for the season in these four preseason affairs.

Two are down, with two to go, and the team does need a lot of work. They seem to feel that Bell does not. They will find out early in the first game if they were right or not.

Video: Highlights of the Jets 31-22 Preseason One Setback to the Giants

The New York Jets take on the New York Giants during Week 1 of the 2019 NFL preseason.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Jets Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC East.

As everyone would expect, the Super Bowl Champion Patriots are sitting at the top with a mark of 13-3, and once again are one of the top forces in the AFC.

Behind them are the New York Jets and new coach Adam Gase, who they say will be an over .500 team with a mark of 9-7.

The Bills and second-year QB Josh Allen will finish in third winning five games and going 5-11. Coming in last is the Miami Dolphins, who will have one of the toughest seasons in the league and will finish 2-14 according to the company.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: New Jets RB Le’Veon Bell Chats with “The Rich Eisen Show”

Jets new workhorse back Le’Veon Bell gave a 15 minute interview to ‘The Rich Eisen Show’ talking about his training, how much he loves new Jets coach Adam Gase, and much more! Check it out in the video below.

Video: Adam Gase Goes In-Depth on First Season as Jets Head Coach

First-year Jets head coach Adam Gase joins The Michael Kay Show to discuss the latest progress in training camp, differences between his tenure in Miami & more.

Jets Starters WR Quincy Enunwa and DE Leonard Williams Both Suffer Injuries

It appears the Jets might open their preseason schedule without a few starters, Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press reports.

Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa injured his groin during practice Tuesday and was set to have tests. Coach Adam Gase did not seem overly concerned, but Enunwa’s status is uncertain for the preseason opener Thursday night against the Giants.

“He was trying to go back in practice,” Gase said. “I think we’re just making sure that he’s OK, so that’s what they have to do. I don’t want to make it more alarming than what it is.”

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams has missed two straight practices with a hip injury and seems unlikely to play. Gase said Williams was working on an anti-gravity treadmill during practice.

“I think he’ll be all right next week,” Gase said, adding that Williams had an MRI. “Yeah, they’ve done all the stuff they need to do, we’re just being slow. He’s just kind of sore and we’re just being smart with him.”

Jets Ink Former Panthers Center Ryan Kalil

The Jets have signed former Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The deal will be signed once Kalil passes his physical.

The 34-year-old Kalil had announced his “retirement” but apparently that retirement only lasted until a better opportunity came along. Originally a second-round pick out of USC in 2007, Kalil spent 12 years in Carolina but his 2016 season was cut short with a shoulder injury and he was able to suit up for only six games in 2017 due to a serious neck injury.

He did rebound to start all 16 games in 2018 but did not play particularly well.

That said, Khalil is a clear upgrade from presumed starter Jonotthan Harrison for the Jets. His arrival is likely good news for second-year franchise QB Sam Darnold and pricey free agent running back Le’Veon Bell.

Video – Take Flight: The 2019 New York Jets

The 2019 New York Jets season will be the franchise’s 50th season in the National Football League, the 60th overall, the 10th playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the first under new head coach Adam Gase.