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Joique Bell | Running Back | #35

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 231
College: Wayne State (MI)
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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

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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

Joique Bell (shoulder) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Bell's status isn't in doubt. He's Rotoworld's No. 34 running back for Week 11.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 05:35:00 PM

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

It's a new injury, but not a threat to Bell's Week 11 status. Bell managed just 17 yards on 14 carries in Sunday's win. Ameer Abdullah is a candidate for more touches this week.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:50:00 PM

Joique Bell rushed 14 times for 17 yards Week 10 against the Packers.

Bell opened the game with the starting unit, but he and Ameer Abdullah appeared to rotate almost evenly early in the game. Bell "took over" with the team nursing a lead in the second half, but he looked slow trying to gain the edge against the Packers' swarming defense. His longest carry of the day went for eight yards, and Bell was held to two yards or less on eleven runs. Bell appears to be the lead back, but that will not matter much next week against Oakland's strong run defense.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 06:13:00 PM

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15R.J. Archer
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2Joseph Randle
3Zurlon Tipton
4Toby Gerhart
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6LaMichael James
7Joique Bell
8Antone Smith
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10Josh Harris
11Ross Scheuerman
12Kenneth Harper
13Jawon Chisholm
14Brandon Ross
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16Rajion Neal
17Michael Dyer
18Jeremy Stewart
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22Kevin Monangai
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6Ryan Mueller
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8Brad Smelley
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10Jordan Campbell
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3Andre Johnson
4Shane Wynn
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6Dwayne Bowe
7Andre Roberts
8Preston Parker
9Kris Durham
10Tyler Davis
11Seantavius Jones
12Josh Morgan
13Jacoby Ford
14Zach D'Orazio
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16Ricky Collins
17Tevin Reese
18Damaris Johnson
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20Damian Williams
21Reggie Dunn
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23Carlton Mitchell
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27Travis Labhart
28Donatella Luckett
29Lance Lewis
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6Marcus Thigpen
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19Devante Davis
20Devon Wylie
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37Demetrius Wilson
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12Jacob Maxwell
13Richard Gordon
14Chase Dixon
15Nick Kasa
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18Steve Maneri
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20Kevin Greene
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