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Andy Reid on Le’Veon Bell: “I think this offense fits him”

Bell will play his former team — the New York Jets — on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Typically, a matchup featuring a 6-1 team against an 0-7 team is not going to come with many compelling storylines. But that is not the case as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to face the New York Jets.

A few weeks ago, the Chiefs signed running back Le’Veon Bell to a one-year contract after he spent only 17 games with the Jets — an organization that had signed him to a four-year contract but then opted to release him. It was reported that Bell’s final consideration came down to the Dolphins, Bills and Chiefs — which just so happened to be the next three teams on the Jets’ schedule.

Bell will get his first crack at his former team on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid stopped short of saying he expected anything extra from the 28-year-old running back.

“I suppose; I don’t know that,” said Reid. “I think once the whistle blows and it’s time to start, I think you kind of put that in the back of your mind if that was kind of your plan. You’re just playing and you’re playing to the best of your ability, and that’s what you end up doing. Anyways, that’s what I think. I haven’t done it for a couple years and watch guys go through it. I think that’s what happens.”

Bell played in his first game for the Chiefs against the Broncos last Sunday. The Chiefs handed off to Bell six times for 39 yards, including two 16-yard runs.

In limited action, he looked like the old, pre-Jets Bell, showcasing vision, patience and burst off of quick cuts. After the game, Bell tweeted about feeling good with a new organization.

“I think the offense fits him,” Reid said of the back’s positivity. “He can see his talents and what he does best show up in this offense. He could see it before he got here and then he had a chance to show it here the other day. So, I think that for a player that’s a positive thing. And I can’t tell you how he felt going to New York, I don’t know that, but I think with ours he could see it, and we put him to work.

“I think that’s what he wanted. He wants to play, and I think he and Clyde (Edwards-Helaire) are a good combination right there, and he’s a good person. And we have Darrel (Williams) too, so you don’t forget about Darrel who is a good football player too, and so it all works out well for us at that position.”

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