I can’t wait— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) October 19, 2020
“I can’t wait,” Bell tweeted.
And who could blame him? Chiefs running backs combined for 227 scrimmage yards in the team’s 26-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. And as soon as Bell can get through the league’s new protocol next week, he is expected to join the team at the practice facility.
“We don’t turn away good players, and he’s a good one,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after the game, his first real comments since the team acquired Bell last week. “So, it’s exciting to have him around, and we’ll see how he does. He’s got to get in and get in the playbook and learn everything, but he’s a pretty smart kid and been doing it a long time. So, I don’t think he’ll have a problem with that.
“I think if you talk to Clyde, Clyde will sleep well tonight, as I think the other backs will. To add one more guy, I don’t think any of them will complain there.”
Reid felt Edwards-Helaire, who was responsible for 169 of those yards, handled the news well. Reid said the rookie had already spoken to Bell after the signing last week.
“Another guy coming in, another piece to the puzzle, so from here, I just feel like we can only go up,” Edwards-Helaire said. “Le’Veon — the guy’s older than me. I’m still in my rookie year, so anything that I can do to pick his brain and gain any knowledge from him, I’m there for it.”
Bell comes with seven seasons played in the NFL — and he should be able to share some wisdom from all of his experiences. Bell also joins the Chiefs with more than 9,300 scrimmage yards and three All-Pro seasons.
Plus, if Monday night in Buffalo serves as any indication, there is plenty more production to go around.
“He’s just going to be another weapon,” quarterback Patrick Mahomes said of Bell. “He’s someone whose had tremendous success in this league for a long time now and he’s still in the prime of his career. He’s 28 years old so he’s going to come in and make plays happen. Having days like today, having him, Clyde (Edwards-Helaire), Darrel (Williams), guys that can come in and run the football, just going at the defense over and over again, it’ll open up the passing game and help me out a little too.”