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Joique Bell | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Wayne State (MI)
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Joique Bell (knee) has been cleared to run at full speed, and says he's "feeling 100 percent."
Bell missed all of OTAs and minicamp, but received medical clearance two weeks after last month's minicamp came to a close. He plans to report to training camp a few days early to test out his body. Bell has been working out at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center the past few weeks. We like Bell better than his current late-fifth round ADP. He has high-end RB2 upside. Jul 8 - 1:40 PM

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Joique Bell (knee) sat out this week's mandatory minicamp, but remains on pace for training camp.

The exact nature of Bell's injury remains unclear, but the team has projected confidence that he'll be ready next month. Although missing OTAs is far from ideal, it's not a real concern for a player the Lions plan to heavily utilize this season. Bell will be in the RB2 mix as long as he's 100 percent for Week 1.
Jun 12 - 3:29 PM

Joique Bell (knee) is uncertain if he'll be ready for June's mandatory minicamp, but is "confident" he'll be good to go for training camp.

Bell has been sitting out of OTAs, and "isn't optimistic" he'll be ready for next week's sessions. Bell was coy when asked if he was recovering from surgery. Either way, his status for camp and the preseason doesn't appear to be a real concern.
May 29 - 5:34 PM

Joique Bell (knee) remains sidelined at Lions OTAs.

The Lions continue give no indications they believe Bell's knee injury is a concern, but he's been nursing the ailment since late last season. Mikel Leshoure has capitalized with increased first-team reps. We're going to keep monitoring Bell's status closely. If healthy, he should be in the RB2 hunt.
May 28 - 11:54 PM

Joique Bell confirmed his current left knee issue is related to an injury originally sustained during last season.

Bell didn't miss any games last year, but he was on the injury report with a knee injury in December. We'd be more concerned with the nagging nature if the Lions didn't just sign him to a three-year, $9.3 million contract. "I had it all last season, so you guys didn't even really notice," Bell said. "But it's something we just trying to get rid of before next season. So it's just being smart. ... I could practice right now if they really wanted me to." There's no reason to adjust any Bell projections.
May 22 - 9:16 AM

Joique Bell (knee) remained out of Lions OTAs this week.

Bell is recovering from an undisclosed ailment, but it isn't believed to be serious. Bell revealed the injury on his Instagram account two weeks ago. Bell should be expected to be ready for training camp, if not next month's minicamp.
May 20 - 6:40 PM

Joique Bell is currently rehabbing a left knee injury.

Bell posted a photo to his Instagram account that shows his left knee wrapped up with a pair of crutches by his side. The caption reads, "Be [back] in no time." Bell didn't participate in voluntary workouts, and coach Jim Caldwell refused comment. Bell battled a bit of a knee issue late last season. It's undoubtedly nothing serious. Bell should be 100 percent well before training camp.
May 7 - 4:51 PM

New Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will "kind of have a split role."

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said. We figured as much when the Lions signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal and hired new coach Jim Caldwell, who likes to run a more traditional offense than shotgun-obsessed Scott Linehan. The Detroit backfield is shaping up as a true 50:50 timeshare. We wouldn't be surprised at all if Bell led the team in 2014 carries, with Bush in a "space back" role.
Apr 15 - 8:47 AM

Lions re-signed RB Joique Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.

Bell was a restricted free agent that the Lions could have retained on a one-year, second-round tender of $2.187 million. Instead, they're locking him up through 2016 and giving him $4.3 million guaranteed -- more guaranteed money than Reggie Bush got a year ago. It's another sign of how high the Lions are on Bell as an emerging front-line back in a revised offense that will feature less shotgun and more traditional formations under new coach Jim Caldwell. Bell, an underrated talent who is averaging 4.29 YPC and 9.82 yards per reception in his two-year career, is going to be a major part of this this timeshare.
Mar 11 - 12:43 PM

Lions extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent Joique Bell.

The second-round tender cost is $2.187 million. The sides are working on a long-term deal, but the Lions had to tender Bell in case they don't strike an accord ahead of Tuesday's 4PM ET beginning of the new league year. This way, they'd receive a second-round pick if another team tried poaching him.
Mar 11 - 8:51 AM

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions are "close" to a long-term deal with restricted free agent Joique Bell.

If no deal is finalized by Tuesday, look for the Lions to apply a first- or second-round tender to Bell. Locking up Bell wouldn't threaten Reggie Bush's roster spot -- he's due a reasonable $3.5 million salary -- but an increased role for Bell would obviously mean fewer carries for his backfield partner. We fully expect Bell's rushing attempts to trend up under new coach Jim Caldwell, and Bush's to trend down. The Lions are revising their offense.
Mar 11 - 8:07 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew declared free agent Joique Bell is "going to be" in Detroit even if a long-term deal cannot be reached.

"There is a possibility we might work on a long-term deal with him," said Mayhew, "but either way, he's going to be with us." If a new deal cannot be reached, the Lions are likely to put a second-round tender on Bell, meaning any potential suitor would have to give up a second-round pick to acquire him. Bell contributed 1,197 total yards and eight touchdowns on 219 touches in 2013.
Feb 22 - 11:09 AM

Restricted free agent Joique Bell believes there's "mutual interest" between him and the Lions regarding a long-term contract.

Bell would prefer a multi-year commitment as opposed to a one-year restricted tender, for obvious reasons. He's still likely to be slapped with the RFA tag before perhaps striking a long-term deal with Lions management. Bell turns 28 before next season, so Detroit isn't going to break the bank. He does seem to have been identified as a core offensive player by new coach Jim Caldwell.
Jan 29 - 11:21 PM

Restricted free agent Joique Bell is expected to get a second-round tender from the Lions.

We're fully confident Bell could be a very good NFL feature back somewhere, but the Lions aren't going to let him walk easily. If they do slap him with this tender, suitors would have to both pay Bell and give up a second-round pick. It's highly, highly unlikely to happen. Bell will have to wait until 2015 offseason to test his value on the open market.
Jan 20 - 12:23 PM

Outgoing Lions OC Scott Linehan believes restricted free agent Joique Bell is capable of being a starting NFL running back.

"I have no question he could start," said Linehan, who was fired along with Jim Schwartz two weeks ago. "He's a guy that can handle a pretty heavy load. ... There's no question he can do it." The Lions are unlikely to let Bell walk this offseason, likely slapping him with a first- or second-round tender. Bell will remain a threat to Reggie Bush's touches under the new coaching staff.
Jan 10 - 6:13 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
4James Franklin
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
4Mikel Leshoure
5Steven Miller
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
3Chad Abram
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3T.J. Jones
4Jeremy Ross
5Reese Wiggins
WR21Golden Tate
2Kris Durham
3Ryan Broyles
4Corey Fuller
5Pat Edwards
WR31Kris Durham
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5Jacob Maxwell
K1Nate Freese
2Giorgio Tavecchio