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Joique Bell | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 229
College: Wayne State (MI)
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Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is sitting out Lions OTAs.
Bell had both his knee and Achilles' surgically repaired following last season. He enters 2015 with red flags concerning injuries, ineffectiveness after averaging under 3.9 YPC the past two seasons, and role following the addition of Ameer Abdullah. Joique also turns 29 before the season. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Bell's current ADP is in the middle of round four. May 27 - 1:13 PM

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ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein said Detroit "envisions" Joique Bell as the primary running back.

Spending a second-round pick on Ameer Abdullah is an odd way to express confidence in your starting running back, especially after that running back has averaged less than 4.0 YPC in back-to-back seasons. Bell should open training camp as the primary running back, but Abdullah is a more talented player who should quickly wrestle the lion's share of the work away from Bell.
May 16 - 11:28 AM

The Lions' website expects the team to add "speed and a big-play threat" to their running back stable in the draft.

Joique Bell has failed to reach 4.0 YPC in back-to-back seasons, is coming off knee and Achilles' surgeries, and will be 29 before the season. Passing-down back Theo Riddick is a non-factor as a rusher. Lions GM Martin Mayhew has shown a willingness to use early-round picks at running back before. Detroit has already brought in Tevin Coleman for a pre-draft visit. Ameer Abdullah would be another great fit in the OC Joe Lombardi's scheme.
Mar 17 - 9:43 AM

Joique Bell (knee, Achilles) expects to be ready for OTAs.

Bell had minor clean-up surgeries on his knee and Achilles' following the season. He likely won't be 100 percent, but plans to participate in the Lions' offseason program. Bell missed just one game last year despite multiple injuries. He's signed through 2016 and should return as Detroit's lead back.
Feb 6 - 5:21 PM

Updating a previous item, Joique Bell underwent minor clean-up surgeries on his knee and Achilles' following the season.

The nature of Bell's surgery was previously unknown after he announced the operation last week. He's expected to be ready for the full offseason program.
Jan 20 - 9:56 PM

Joique Bell is recovering from an undisclosed operation.

Bell broke the news on his Instagram account, but didn't disclose any other details. A message of "be right back like I left something" accompanied a photo of Bell in a hospital bed. Bell dealt with minor knee, ankle and Achilles' ailments in 2014, but missed only one game. More details should emerge in the coming days.
Jan 15 - 8:10 PM

Joique Bell rushed for 43 yards on 12 carries and caught 4-of-4 targets for 42 yards in the Lions' Wild Card Round loss to the Cowboys.

Aside from a late first-quarter stretch where Bell got hot -- picking up gains of 11, 18, and 9 consecutively -- Bell found very little room to run against a Cowboys defense that improved in rush defense down the stretch. He also lost too many snaps to Reggie Bush, whose playmaking ability is evaporating. A poor man's Eddie Lacy, Bell still did well to finish as a top-15 fantasy running back in 2014. He's signed affordably through 2015 and is very likely to return as Detroit's lead back in his age-28 season. Bush's future with the Lions is much less certain.
Jan 4 - 8:12 PM

Joique Bell rushed 13 times for 60 yards in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Bell wasn't targeted in the passing game. Bell closes the book on the regular season with 1,182 yards from scrimmage, 860 of which came on the ground. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in seven of his past eight games despite a 3.85 number on the year. He has a decent Wild Card matchup in the Cowboys' bendable run defense.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Joique Bell (Achilles) is listed as probable for Week 17.

He practiced in full on Friday and will start against Green Bay.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Lions listed Joique Bell (Achilles') as a full participant in Thursday's practice.

This should result in a probable tag on Friday. Reports earlier Thursday claiming Bell did not practice jumped the gun. Bell is on track to start against Green Bay and should be in line for his usual workload.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Joique Bell (Achilles') is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Bell was held out of Thursday's practice. Asked if he'll be available for Sunday's NFC North title game, coach Jim Caldwell offered a cagey "we'll see." Bell's absence would be big for a Lions team without much of a between-the-tackles presence behind him on the depth chart. Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick would split work, with George Winn being mixed in.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 02:54:00 PM

Joique Bell (Achilles) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Lions OC Joe Lombardi doesn't expect Bell's injury to keep him out this week. Bell was suspended for the first quarter of Sunday's win, but should start and handle the majority of carries against the Packers.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 03:53:00 PM

Joique Bell rushed 13 times for 74 yards with one touchdown and caught two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's 20-14 Week 16 win at Chicago.

Bell was benched for the entire first quarter due to some kind of team rules violation. But it was business as usual after he got his first snap with 12:36 left in the second quarter. Bell was the feature back, hogging clock-killing and red-zone work even though Reggie Bush was looking extremely spry. The highlight was a madden-style 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Lions a lead they would hold. Earlier, Matthew Stafford barely missed Bell on a wheel route that would have gone for a touchdown. The Lions close the regular season at Green Bay next week, a game that will decide the NFC North.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:07:00 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi conceded Joique Bell is the team's No. 1 running back, ahead of Reggie Bush.

It would be difficult to claim anything else. Bell has 33 carries to Bush's 11 over the last two weeks and has out-touched Bush 42-16 over that span. Bell has at least 10 carries in 12-of-13 games this season. Bush has managed that feat just twice. Bell is the clear lead back and is a good bet for 20 touches against a leaky Bears' defense. He is a solid RB2 in championship week.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 09:19:00 AM

Joique Bell rushed 15 times for 62 yards and caught four balls for 41 yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Vikings.

Joique (pronounced "Joyk") was an all-purpose machine in this one, racking up big gains in the passing game and a number of chain-moving rushes, particularly in the fourth quarter. He has clearly asserted himself as the Lions' feature back with Reggie Bush continuing to struggle with health and Theo Riddick just a reserve/role player. Expect Bell to stay hot in a Week 16 date with the Bears' leaky defense. He shredded Chicago on Thanksgiving. Joique will be an RB2 in fantasy title week.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
4Anthony Boone
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
5Zach Zenner
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
2Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
4Andrew Peacock
5Vernon Johnson
WR21Golden Tate
2Jeremy Ross
3Ryan Broyles
4Lance Moore
5Greg Salas
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5Casey Pierce
K1Matt Prater
2Kyle Brindza