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35 Joique Bell RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/229 | Birthdate: 8/4/1986 | Birthplace: Benton Harbor, MI, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Wayne State (Mich.) | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 98/66 | Average Draft Position: 57.45
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Joique Bell limited with knee injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell was limited in Wednesday's practice by a knee injury, reports the team's website. Bell is fully expected to play Sunday against the Packers.

Joique Bell makes plays as receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell was shut down as a rusher Sunday in Week 2 at Carolina, but he made up for it catching the ball.

Bell was held to 10 carries for 36 yards on the ground, but he had six catches for 61 yards through the air on 11 targets. By comparison, Reggie Bush had six carries for 26 yards and two catches for 6 yards on three targets.

Bell will look to be a key contributor again in Week 3 against the Packers.


Joique Bell finds the end zone in win over Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell didn't get the start but received the first handoff of the night Week 1 against the Giants. However, he made more of a presence in the second half when New York's front seven was worn-down.

After nearly losing a fumble and finishing the first half with 6 yards on six carries, Bell bounced back with a spinning touchdown run from 3 yards out. He finished with 15 carries for a team-high 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground, averaging 3.4 yards per attempt. He caught his only target for a gain of 5 yards in a 35-14 victory.

Bell will look to score in back-to-back games -- something he only did once in 2013 -- come Week 2 at Carolina. Three of his eight rushing touchdowns came away from Ford Field last season.

Lions could use trio of running backs this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Lions head coach Jim Caldwell hinted that the team could use Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick extensively this season, the Detroit Free Press reports on Saturday.

Reggie Bush and Joique Bell shared the reps last season. Bush earned 223 of the 389 carries between the two in 2013. Riddick, who only caught four passes last season, is expected to have a bigger role this season and is considered the best receiver among the group, per the paper.

"They're pretty versatile guys, to be honest with you," Caldwell said. "There are a lot of similarities. I think shuffling them in and out of there will give you a different view from a defensive standpoint because they give you a one-two-three punch that's pretty unique."


Joique Bell hoping to duplicate last outing against Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell had a standout performance his last time out against the Giants. He'll be looking for a similar effort come Week 1 against New York at Ford Field.

Although he's not the starter, Bell poses a serous threat to receive more touches than Reggie Bush this season. In a Week 16 meeting last season, Bush was benched for fumbling and as a result, Bell had 154 total yards and a touchdown, which was the best Fantasy production of his career.

Running backs against the Giants averaged 17.12 Fantasy points per game in standard CBSSports.com leagues, which falls right around the middle of the pack. Bell should be viewed as a borderline Top 15 running back for Week 1.

Reggie Bush, Joique Bell share reps with first-team


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Lions running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell shared reps with the first-team offense Friday night against the Raiders in Oakland. Both players were lifted after three series of work.

Bush ripped an 8-yard run on the team's first offensive snap. However, he finished the game with three carries for 7 yards. He caught two of the three passes thrown his way for 2 yards. Bell couldn't capitalize against Oakland's defense. He finished with three carries for 7 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Joique Bell misses Friday practice for personal reasons


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell was not at the team's practice Friday, but coach Jim Caldwell told MLive.com he was excused for personal reasons.

Caldwell was uncertain whether Bell would be available for the team's preseason opener against Cleveland Saturday, but noted that the offseason knee injury that kept him out of minicamp is not a concern.  


Joique Bell not at Lions practice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/8/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell was not spotted at practice Friday as the team went through a non-padded workout the day before taking on the Browns in preseason play, the Detroit Free Press reported.  

No sign of Joique Bell's injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell missed offseason workouts while recovering from a knee injury, but "you wouldn't know it" by the way he looks in training camp, reports MLive.com. "Bell cut and accelerated with ease" during team drills, the report said.


Joique Bell cleared to run full speed, says he's 100 percent


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell, who missed offseason workouts recovering from a knee injury, has been cleared to run full speed, reports MLive.com. He plans to report to training camp early to test his body.

"I'm feeling 100 percent," he said. "I'm feeling great."

Bell, 27, signed a three-year, $9.3 million contract after producing 1,197 yards from scrimmage and scoring eight touchdowns last season.


Joique Bell out until training camp?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell did not participate in the team's recent OTA and doesn't think he'll be ready for the team's mandatory minicamp in June. But he does think he'll be able to make training camp in late July. 

"My timetable is this, man: I'm working as hard as I can to get back as soon as I can," Bell told MLive.com. "As soon as I feel I'm at a position where I can go out there and not hurt myself, that's when I'll be back out there."

Knee issues have bothered Bell this offseason, though he's not saying if he had surgery (he did post a picture of himself with crutches and a wrap on his left knee earlier this month). Assuming Bell is okay he's expected to have a larger role in the Lions offense after posting nearly 1,200 total yards and eight touchdowns last season. 


Joique Bell not sweating knee injury


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell wouldn't get into the specifics of the left knee injury that kept him out of a minicamp practice on Wednesday but wasn't concerned he'd be out for a while. Bell said he suffered the injury last season. 

"Just (a) nagging injury," Bell said according to ESPN. "Something just nagging, nothing that will prevent me (from playing). I had it all last season, so you guys didn't even really notice. 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, but it's up to them when they want to put me back in."

Bell totaled nearly 1,200 total yards and eight touchdowns last season. His role is expected to expand this season. 


The Lions offense is going to be awesome


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014. 


Joique Bell apparently has knee injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell apparently is dealing with a knee injury, reports MLive.com. A photo posted on his Instagram account shows his left knee wrapped with a pair of crutches next to him in the back seat of a vehicle, the report said.

"Be (back) in no time," the caption read.

Bell attended but did not participate in the team's voluntary minicamp two weeks ago. The Lions have not confirmed Bell's apparent injury, though he did miss practice time late last season with a knee problem.


Lombardi: Expect split for Reggie Bush, Joique Bell


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/15/2014) It continues to appear that the Lions will use more of Joique Bell and less of Reggie Bush in 2014, reports the Detroit Free Press.

New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on Monday said both running backs have the chance to play a lot.

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said.

Both Bush and Bell totaled over 1,100 yards last year, with Bush getting 1,006 rush yards and 506 receiving yards. Bell had 650 rush yards and 547 receiving yards. Both had over 50 catches. 

Bell did his damage on 166 carries while Bush had 223.


Reggie Bush accepting of new workload for him, Joique Bell


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/10/2014) Lions running back Reggie Bush is fine with fewer snaps and touches this season. New head coach Jim Caldwell said he expected the balance between Bush and Joique Bell to change this season, especially since the playbook is based off of a Saints offense that utilized running backs as pass catchers a little more than most teams and as ball carriers a little bit less than most teams. 

"We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that," Bush said according to ESPN. "It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that’s only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season."

Both Bush and Bell totaled over 1,100 yards last year, with Bush getting 1,006 rush yards and 506 receiving yards. Bell had 650 rush yards and 547 receiving yards. Both had over 50 catches. 


Caldwell preaches 'balance' between Reggie Bush and Joique Bell


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) Jim Caldwell reaffirmed this week that Reggie Bush and Joique Bell won't be used "the exact same way" they were last season. The Lions head coach preached "balance" between the two, if only so they both get enough work. 

"They both can run, they both have power and they certainly can make you miss," Caldwell said. "[W]e have to just make sure that there's a balance there. You look at most teams that are effective in terms of the running game, they have a one-two punch. It gives us an opportunity at times to get some balance in that position and to make certain both guys can touch the ball enough -- that's key. Will we use the exact same system the way in which it was used previously? No. It's a different system. ... I don't think you're going to see something that no one's ever seen before with those two guys, but nevertheless I think there may be a little bit of uniqueness to it."

In 2013, Bush had 223 carries for 1,006 yards and four touchdowns along with 54 catches for 506 yards and three scores. Bell had 166 carries for 650 yards and eight rushing touchdowns with 53 grabs for 547 yards through the air. 


Lions to lean on Reggie Bush, Joique Bell


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) The Lions plan to use both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell a lot in 2014, reports mlive.com.

"You're going to see some more two-back sets," team president Tom Lewand said. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was with the Saints last season.

"I think you'll see some of that incorporated into what we do," he said. "What I really like about coach Lombardi and his approach -- as well as coach (Jim) Caldwell -- but coach Lombardi's approach is, 'Let's get as many weapons on the field as we can and try and use them strategically.'

"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."

Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time last year, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.


Lions backfield has intriguing Fantasy value


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) Joique Bell is deserving of a new contract with the Lions after a stellar third season. But it doesn't change the fact that he'll be part of a tandem with Reggie Bush heading into 2014.

The difference this year compared to last year is that Bell might get more rushing opportunities. One of the things that stuck out during new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's press conference earlier this offseason was that he planned to base the Lions' new playbook off of his old one in New Orleans. In that playbook we saw scatback Darren Sproles have a role while more physical runners like Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram fill in other roles. While there's no doubt Bush could handle plays between the tackles, the prevailing thought is that Bell would pick up a bit more of that physical work if Lombardi were to stick to the system he's been in.

And obviously, Bush has been known to miss time here and there -- Bell would be a ball hog in any games Bush would sit out, just as he was in Week 3 this past year (Bell rang up over 130 total yards and two scores). 

Bush is still the top runner in Detroit -- he simply has gamebreaking ability that Bell doesn't quite have. I'd expect him to be off the draft board by Round 3 regardless of format. Bell will have his roles and should serve as a good No. 3 Fantasy rusher. He's a must to pick up if Bush is an early-round selection for your squad. And I like Bell for your team even if you don't draft Bush -- think mid-rounds on him. 


Joique Bell agrees to 2-year extension with Lions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Lions and restricted free agent running back Joique Bell agreed to a two-year, $7 million extension, including $4.3 million guaranteed, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. The deal keeps Bell in Detroit through 2016.

Lions give second-round tender to Joique Bell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Lions placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent running back Joique Bell as the sides continue to negotiate a long-term deal, reports the Detroit Free Press. Bell ran for eight touchdowns while piling up 1,197 yards from scrimmage last season.

If no contract agreement is reached, the Lions would pay Bell $2.187 million this year.


Reggie Bush: Lions 'have to' re-sign Joique Bell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) The Lions' Reggie Bush thrived in a backfield combo with Joique Bell last season. They were the first tandem in NFL history to each record at least 500 rushing and receiving yards in the same season.

Now Bush is urging Detroit to retain Bell, a restricted free agent. The Lions are expected to offer Bell a second-round tender or sign him to a long-term deal.

"I think that’s going to be important to get Joique back," Bush told the team's website. "He’s a great player. He’s going to be in this league for a long time. He runs hard. I think it’s going to be an important offseason signing for us. We have to get him back."


DeMarco Murray shouldn't worry about workload


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell said Cowboys fans shouldn't worry about whether DeMarco Murray will get the ball next season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Though Scott Linehan may be thought of as a pass-happy coach, Bell said that's not the case. "We started running the ball a little more this year," Bell said. "From the beginning of the season to the end of the season, [Linehan] was committed to the run, and as long as you're producing." Bell did admit that when the running game didn't work, Linehan would go away from it. When asked whether Murray will get carries, Bell responded by saying, "he doesn't have to be worried. "If he produces, he's going to run the ball."


Joique Bell looking for a long-term deal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/30/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell made a cameo in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages this week but also told the team's official website that he'd like to have a longer stay with the team. 

Bell is expected to land a second-round tender as a restricted free agent this offseason, but he wants a long-term contract. He added that there's mutual interest on both sides for the longer contract

Bell ran for 650 yards and eight touchdowns on 166 carries and caught 53 passes for 547 yards in 2013.


Lions expected to give Joique Bell 2nd-round tender


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) The Lions likely will give restricted free-agent running back Joique Bell a second-round tender, meaning any team that wants to match would have to fork over a second-round draft pick too, according to the team's website.

Bell, who ran for 650 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 53 passes for 547 yards, has made it clear he wants to stay in Detroit.

"I’ve been in Michigan my entire life," Bell said. "I was born and raised here. I played my whole career here.

"When you grow up in a certain area, you have a certain kind of pride and a certain respect for where you come from. I’m not just playing for me. I’m playing for the fans who were here when there was an 0-16 season and they're still here.

"I wasn’t a fan who said, ‘They need to do better.'" I was a fan who said, ‘One day, I’m going to go help that team to get better.’ I was blessed enough to do so."