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35 Joique Bell RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 8/4/1986 | Birthplace: Benton Harbor, MI, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Wayne State (Mich.) | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 92/37 | Average Draft Position: 156.18
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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."


Joique Bell aims to stay in Detroit


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell, a restricted free agent this offseason, has made it known he wants to stay in Detroit, reports the team's website. Bell won the team's Most Improved Player award after finishing with 650 rushing yards, 547 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

He and Reggie Bush became the first running back duo in NFL history to each have more than 500 rushing and receiving yards. Bell, 27, is expected to get a restricted free-agent offer to stay in Detroit, the report said.


Joique Bell held in check Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Lions running back Joique Bell was limited Week 17 against the Vikings.

Bell carried the ball eight times for 31 yards. He was also targeted four times, and picked up 25 receiving yards. The run game was limited against Minnesota, and the team didn't give much work to either runner. Bell finishes the year with eight rushing touchdowns. 


Joique Bell ready to play Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Lions RB Joique Bell is active Week 17.

Bell came into the week probable with a knee injury. He was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday.


Joique Bell probable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Lions running back Joique Bell is probable Week 17.

Bell is listed on the injury report with a knee injury. He was able to take part in limited practice Thursday and Friday. 


Joique Bell limited in practice Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Lions running back Joique Bell did not practice Thursday.

Bell is dealing with a knee injury. Bell showed no sign of an injury during Week 16, so the issue came as a bit of a surprise. 


Joique Bell scores, nearly cracks 100 yards on the ground in Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Lions running back Joique Bell turned in another solid performance as he scored his eighth touchdown of the season and fell just nine yards shy of the century mark during Sunday’s game against the Giants in Week 16.

Bell saw the bulk of the load after a Reggie Bush fumble. He punched it in from 1-yard out in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three points for Detroit. He finished the game with 20 carries for 91 yards (4.6 yards per carry). He also caught 10 passes for 63 yards in a 23-20 defeat.

The Lions will travel to Minnesota for a Week 17 season finale against the Vikings.

Joique Bell gets 10 touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Lions running back Joique Bell could not get going on the ground against the Ravens, gaining 24 yards on nine carries (2.7-yard average).

Bell took a screen 23 yards and could have had another big gainer on his other target. But Matthew Stafford sidearmed a low throw and Bell couldn't handle it.

Bell plays the Giants in Week 16.


Joique Bell worth consideration even if Reggie Bush plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) CBSSports.com's senior Fantasy experts rank the Lions' Joique Bell 11th to 17th among running backs this week. That's if Reggie Bush doesn't play.

Bell could have flex value even if Bush suits up. Bush has a calf injury that surprisingly kept him out Week 14. Bush said he expects to play Monday night against the Ravens, but we won't get a better idea until Detroit starts practice Thursday.

The Lions need to win to keep pace in the NFC North, thus they might use Bush at less than 100 percent. Bell would rotate in more often, serving as more than a change of pace. 

Bell has scored in four of the last six games. In the last two, one with Bush, one without, Bell carried 42 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns while catching seven passes for 92 yards. He did lose two fumbles. Consider Bell a high-end RB2 if Bush doesn't play and a sneaky flex, especially in PPR leagues, even if he does.

 


Joique Bell overcomes weather for big game in Philadelphia


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) For a guy running in a blizzard who didn't expect to be running all that much, Lions back Joique Bell certainly exceeded expectations Sunday at Philadelphia. He was easily the most productive offensive player wearing a Lions uniform - and that includes a receiver they call Megatron.

Bell was thrown into heavy action when teammate Reggie Bush was ruled out after aggravating a calf injury in pregame warmups. He seemed to gain traction while others were slipping and sliding early in the game. He rushed for 33 yards in his first seven attempts while scoring a first-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion. He finished the first half with 51 yards on 17 carries.

He slowed down considerably after intermission, but still finished with 69 yards on 23 carries while contributing team-highs in catches with four and receiving yards with 58. He will try to take his momentum and run with it against visiting Baltimore next Monday night.


Joique Bell a strong hunch play in Philadelphia


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) A calf injury that will either limit Reggie Bush or keep him out Sunday in Philadelphia could be a boon to Fantasy owners of fellow Lions running back Joique Bell.

Bell broke loose with a season-best 94 yards rushing on 19 carries on Turkey Day against Green Bay. He has been a pass-catching threat all season and a prime candidate near the goal line with six touchdowns on the ground.

A porous all-around Eagles defense and banged-up Bush might result in production worthy of Bell starting as a second Fantasy back or flex option. The three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers agree. They all have Bell ranked among the top 40 running backs in Week 14.

Don't be afraid to stick him in your lineups this week. He seems almost a sure bet for at least a respectable point total.


Lions call on Joique Bell to help beat the Packers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) Lions backup running back Joique Bell assisted in the team's ground game effort, picking up a total of 19 carries for 94 yards rushing with 34 yards on three catches. He also scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help blow out the Packers 40-10 on Thanksgiving Day. 

Most of Bell's numbers came in the second half when the Lions were closing out the Packers. In the second half he had 13 carries for 62 yards with the score.

Bell's touchdown is his sixth on the season, extending a career-best. But this was his first game with over 100 total yards since Week 3 at Washington when he started in place of Reggie Bush. Bell and the Lions will play at the Eagles in Week 14.  


Two Lions play small roles in defeat to Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham and running back Joique Bell made minor contributions to the loss to Sunday against visiting Tampa Bay. Durham caught three passes for 46 yards while Bell added 15 yards on six carries and a reception that went nowhere.

Joique Bell ready to roll for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) An Achilles injury did not keep Lions running back Joique Bell from getting the green light to play Sunday against Tampa Bay. He had been deemed questionable.

Joique Bell questionable Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) Lions running back Joique Bell is questionable Week 12 against the Buccaneers.

Bell is dealing with an Achilles injury. He was able to make progress each day of practice, eventually being listed as a full participant Friday. He'll be a game-time decision against Tampa Bay.