The Kansas City Chiefs signed Leveon Bell on Thursday afternoon. Here is why he will make the defending champions even better.
When the New York Jets released former All-Pro running back Leveon Bell the Kansas City Chiefs wasted no time picking up the most dangerous player on the market. Bell is a running back, but in the Chiefs offense, he could be much more. Even before the Chiefs signed him he drew the attention of a few local fans for his ability to catch the ball.
Bell has been among the most versatile players in the NFL over the last five years. Although we might not see the same Bell that was a perennial All-Pro for the Steelers, this version of Bell is more than enough for a Chiefs team that has struggled to run the ball.
The Chiefs offensive line has struggled, but with his ability to set up blocks with his hesitation and jump cuts, Bell could be the catalyst for getting the run game going. Poor offensive line play can be schemed around, see last season’s Super Bowl for an example of that.
Bell was making something out of nothing in New York last season, and even for the few games he played this year. Bell is also an excellent screen back, and while the Jets were a poor screen team, Andy Reid is among the best at calling screens and having his team ready to execute them.
I love seeing Bell succeed out wide in New York. I love it! The Chiefs so far this season have struggled to find any rhythm in the short passing game, but if they want to run empty sets with Bell in the slot, or even out wide it could be a tremendous success.
He is the ultimate chess piece for the Chiefs. The team didn’t need him but talent is talent, and on the route to going back to the Super Bowl they will take as much as they can. This past week and the week before the team saw some struggles on offense, not much to alarm anyone, but enough for Brett Veach to go out and bring in one more weapon.
Leveon Bell will be a weapon for the Chiefs. Line him up anywhere. Line him up with Clyde Edwards-Helaire in a double set backfield. Line him up in the slot and quick game teams to death. If he manages to continue to hold onto the football and not fumble, this should work out favorably for both sides. Good luck to the rest of the NFL.