The Facts: According to staffer Brian Costello, "Adam Gase has a Bell problem and it has nothing to do with whether the running back’s hamstrings are tight or not. ..." Costello went on to write that "Bell has not had an impressive training camp. Anyone who has watched practice over the past two weeks would have Bell ranked third among the running backs with Frank Gore and rookie La’Mical Perine ahead of him if they were being honest."
Diehards Line: Costello went on to remind readers about the happy August talk about how Bell reported to training camp in great shape. He said he is between 210-215 pounds. Bell has talked about having the best year of his career. But according to Costello, "All of that has looked like talk as Bell has lacked explosiveness in practice, looks slow to hit holes and seems to now lack the vision that once made him arguably the best running back in football." Bell and Gore have been playing at about a 60-40 split in reps during training camp and Bell is a guy who never wants to leave the field. So it's worth watching how this one plays out.