Le’Veon Bell teases Jets’ glory in no-show camp retortMay 7, 2019
Le’Veon Bell is “willing to take the heat right now” over skipping the Jets’ voluntary minicamp.
The $52.5 million man is confident it’ll eventually subside.
“Everybody will forget about that once January comes around,” Bell wrote on Instagram Monday, teasing the team’s first playoff run since 2010.
The star running back was responding to a fan’s inquiry over when Bell would “come to practice” after the former Pittsburgh Steeler was a no-show in late April.
Bell, whose messy divorce from the Steelers eventually landed him with the Jets, has shared highlights on social media of him gearing up for the season on his own.
“When it’s time to play football…I got to stick to the formula that I know works for me to be the best player I can be,” Bell wrote “I’m not tryna win football games, I want a ring! I want to desperately show everybody what I can REALLY do.”
The 27-year-old is accustomed to working out solo, having sat out the Steelers’ offseason program the past two years while mired in contract disputes that led to their split.
First-year Jets coach Adam Gase isn’t at all concerned.
“It’s voluntary. That’s what it is. That’s the [Collective Bargaining Agreement]” Gase said in April. “That’s the rules. He was here that first week and [we] got a lot of good information that week to him. The good thing is having the iPads and things like that, if the guy’s not here he can keep up on what we’re doing as far as the playbook goes.”
The majority of the NFL’s offseason workout program is voluntary, a three-day mandatory minicamp in early June the lone exception.
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