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Joique Bell | Running Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 231
College: Wayne State (MI)
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Bears signed RB Joique Bell.
Bell hasn't been an effective player since 2012, averaging 3.8 yards per carry over the past three seasons, but the Bears needed to add a back with Jeremy Langford (ankle) and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) down. Bell will probably have an immediate Week 4 role behind Jordan Howard, but won't be a recommended fantasy option in any format. Bell's arrival doesn't ding Howard's upside. Someone has to back the rookie up. Sep 27 - 2:11 PM

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Free agent Joique Bell worked out for the Lions on Tuesday.

Ameer Abdullah (foot) appears poised to miss Week 3, leaving the Lions a man short at running back. Bell hasn't been an effective player in four years, but knows the Lions' offense. Were Bell to re-sign, he'd back up Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington.
Sep 20 - 4:57 PM

Free agent Joique Bell says he has at least two contract offers.

Bell hasn't had any reported interest since visiting Buffalo back in March. He'll likely sign for a minimum salary coming off his down 2015. 29-year-old Bell should land a deal before training camp.
Jun 4 - 6:05 PM

Free agent Joique Bell is visiting the Bills.

Bell broke into the NFL with the Bills back in 2010 as an UDFA but was cut ahead of Week 1 and spent a couple weeks on the practice squad before signing with the Eagles. Bell would be nothing more than depth again.
Mar 15 - 8:39 PM

The Lions offered RB Joique Bell a pay cut before releasing him.

The Lions weren't willing to pay Bell's full $2.5 million salary but they left the door open for him to return at a reduced cost. Bell declined and will now test free agency. "They did what was best for the organization and I did what I thought was best for my family," said Bell. "You never know, I might end up back with the Lions." Bell's phone won't be ringing off the hook after posting a tepid 3.45 yards per carry in 2015. Re-signing Bell wouldn't make much sense for the Lions, who return Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner at running back.
Source: mlive.com
Feb 21 - 9:40 AM

Lions released RB Joique Bell.

It's a no-brainer move for the Lions, who move forward with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner at running back. Releasing Bell creates $2.5 million in cap space. Going on 30, Bell seemed out of gas in 2015, battling injury and averaging an anemic 3.45 yards per carry. Bell boasts a sub-par 3.98 YPC for his career. Abdullah should get the first crack on early downs, but Zenner could also get a shot. Bell's phone should be silent through the early weeks (months?) of free agency.
Feb 16 - 5:20 PM

Joique Bell says he's as healthy as he's been in four years.

Bell underwent three minor surgeries last winter, and never seemed 100 percent during the regular season. Going on 30, Bell averaged just 3.45 yards on his 90 2015 carries. Despite his apparent good health, Bell's roster spot is on extremely thin ice. The Lions could save $2.5 million by cutting him loose. With Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner both returning, we'd expect that's what they will do.
Jan 25 - 2:10 PM

Joique Bell rushed three times for nine yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 49 yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears.

After undergoing numerous offseason knee and Achilles' surgeries, Bell was painful to watch for most of the 2015 season. He seemed to find his legs a bit down the stretch, but by then it was too late. Joique wound up as a lightly used short-yardage specialist and committee member along with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Bell finishes 2015 at 311 yards and four touchdowns on 90 runs (3.45 YPC), adding 22 receptions. Turning 30 before next season and owed a $2.5 million base salary, Bell's return to Detroit is questionable.
Jan 3 - 5:09 PM

Joique Bell rushed seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for nine yards in the Lions' Week 16 win over the 49ers.

Although he has mixed in a few decent games over the course of the season, for the most part Bell has been one of the league's least effective running backs. Bell is owed a $2.5 million base salary in 2016. It's possible Week 17 against the Bears will be Joique's final game in a Lions uniform.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Joique Bell collected 71 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and caught two of three targets for 30 yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Saints.

This was easily his best game of the season. The Saints were putting together a nice comeback before Bell blew out the candles with a late touchdown. That came only a few plays after Bell coughed up the ball, though the Lions recovered it. With Detroit needing only a first down to seal the game, Bell pushed the ball forward with an impressive 36-yard gain with less than two minutes remaining. Bell has totaled 176 yards from scrimmage over his last two games but won’t be anything more than an RB4 next week against the 49ers.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:18:00 AM

Joique Bell rushed seven times for 50 yards and secured two targets for 25 yards in the Lions' Week 14 loss to the Rams.

Bell broke loose for an 18-yard gain in the third quarter. It was his second-longest run of the season. Aside from that, Bell was mostly held in check. He and rookie Ameer Abdullah both finished with nine touches. Even with a great matchup against the Saints in Week 15, Bell won’t be worth your time in fantasy.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Joique Bell rushed eight times for five yards in the Lions' Week 13 loss to the Packers, adding two receptions for 25 yards.

The Lions wanted Bell to close out the game on their final drive, but he ended up rushing four times for -4 yards. That kept the clock ticking, but couldn't extend the drive long enough. Bell has been dreadful basically all season, and is averaging a ridiculous 2.58 yards through 65 carries. The Lions figure to keep expanding Ameer Abdullah's role down the stretch.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:48:00 AM

Joique Bell rushed seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's Thanksgiving win over the Eagles, adding two receptions for 57 additional yards.

The 82 yards from scrimmage were Bell's most of the season. Bell was one yard away from a 40-yard receiving touchdown in the second half, but got shoe-string tackled. He punched the ball in on the ground one play later. Bell had a third target in the passing game, but he dropped what would have been a long reception. Bell made the most of a dream matchup, but won't suddenly be an RB3 against the Packers in Week 13.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 04:04:00 PM

Joique Bell rushed six times for 22 yards in Detroit's Week 11 win over the Raiders, adding an 18-yard reception.

Wisely, Bell was phased out in favor of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Embarrassingly, the 22 yards on the ground were his second most of the season. The Eagles' run defense is in full-on collapse, but Bell won't be a viable RB3 for Week 12.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Joique Bell (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 11.

Bell practiced in full the last two days. He'll continue to get the majority of early-down work over Ameer Abdullah despite managing 17 yards on 14 carries last week. Bell isn't more than a low-end RB3.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Brian Hoyer
RB1Jeremy Langford
2Jordan Howard
3Joique Bell
4Ka'Deem Carey
5Raheem Mostert
GLB1Joique Bell
2Jeremy Langford
3Jordan Howard
3RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Eddie Royal
3Deonte Thompson
WR21Kevin White
2Josh Bellamy
3Cameron Meredith
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Zach Miller
2Logan Paulsen
LT1Charles Leno
2Mike Adams
LG1Josh Sitton
2Ted Larsen
C1Cody Whitehair
2Eric Kush
RG1Kyle Long
RT1Bobby Massie
K1Connor Barth