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Sports Jets' Bell insists he and Gase get along despite perceptions

03:46  04 september  2020
03:46  04 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Jets' Bell on relationship with Gase: 'We actually like each other'

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Bell said he would, moving forward, speak to Gase directly about how he ’s feeling physically rather than going through “two, three, four middle men.” As far as using social media to air his grievances before speaking to Gase , Bell didn’t necessarily think he made a mistake. “Everybody was trying to

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell says there are no problems between him and coach Adam Gase a week after an apparent dispute over an injury. To avoid another misunderstanding, Bell said he would like to speak directly to Gase instead of using "two, three, four middle men."

Le'Veon Bell holding a football ball © Provided by The Canadian Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Le'Veon Bell isn't quite sure what all the fuss was about.

The New York Jets running back took to Twitter last week to clarify the health of his hamstrings. And, yes, it came just minutes after Adam Gase's video conference call with reporters, which raised some concerns — again — about their player/coach relationship.

But as far as Bell's concerned, there's nothing to see here.

“I don’t understand why everybody keeps trying to put me and Gase against each other,” Bell said Thursday after the Jets' final practice of training camp. “We’re not against each other. I understand how hard it is to believe that, but we actually like each other.”

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Bell brushed off reports that Adam Gase had negative feelings about the free-agent signing, saying it hasn't damaged their rapport. Bell , who spent the past few months working with a personal trainer in South Florida, said he and Gase have communicated throughout the offseason.

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During the team’s scrimmage last week, Bell got limited work as 37-year-old veteran Frank Gore and rookie La’Mical Perine got the bulk of the snaps — while he mostly stood on the sideline watching.

Gase said Bell had “tightness” in his hamstrings. But, Bell wrote on Twitter, that “ain’t nothin wrong with my hamstrings.” Gase later said he was “caught off guard a little bit” by the running back's rant.

Bell clarified Thursday that he did, in fact, have some tightness in his legs because of the slower tempo of the scrimmage, but added he felt well enough to continue practicing. He and Gase chatted about the situation, and the coach said things were fine between the two. Bell also acknowledged it was the team's athletic trainers who wanted to be cautious with him.

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“It was no big deal,” Bell insisted. “It was just a miscommunication for me, the trainers and coach Gase. But I just want to really clear it up for everybody — fantasy owners and everybody: My hamstring is fine.”

Bell is saying the right things now, but there have been instances that have suggested there might be at least some friction between him and Gase.

There were reports Gase didn't want to sign Bell — or any other running back, for that matter — to the type of deal the Jets gave the former Steelers star. The running back, signed to a $52.5 million contract over four years, spoke at times last season about his usage in some games, pointing out that he has been most successful in his career when he touches the football more.

Gase has acknowledged he needs to use Bell more efficiently, and also increase his role in the passing game to utilize the Jets' most accomplished offensive weapon. But the addition of Gore has some wondering if that will cut into Bell's snaps.

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Jets head coach Adam Gase announced on Sunday that running back Bell would not make his debut until the team's NFL opener, despite sitting out all of 2018 as a member "I don't think me getting four plays in the preseason is gonna help me in Week 1 for the game," Bell told reporters on Wednesday.

Adam Gase is moving on and mostly taking the high road. Among those criticisms, Adams said he wasn’t sure Gase is “the right leader for this organization to reach the Promised Land.” Despite losing a player the caliber of Adams, Gase heads into training camp optimistic about his overall roster.

“Ever since I got here and he got here, there’s kind of been this little thing of me and him butting heads all the time, which I don’t know where it comes from,” Bell said. “We had a long conversation because basically people blew it out of proportion because I did make the tweet.”

Bell said he would, moving forward, speak to Gase directly about how he's feeling physically rather than going through "two, three, four middle men.”

As far as using social media to air his grievances before speaking to Gase, Bell didn't necessarily think he made a mistake.

“Everybody was trying to make it seem like it was trying to go against what Gase said,” he said. “I’m just trying to clarify: My hamstrings are fine. I wasn’t worried about my practice reps or what people tried to make it seem like.

"I’m just telling you, my hamstrings are fine.”

NOTES: Rookie OT Mekhi Becton made the first big purchase of his pro career: a massive chain and diamond-filled pendant in the shape of a ticket and his nickname in the middle, Big Ticket. A picture of the 6-foot-7, 370-pound lineman wearing his chain made the rounds and TMZ Sports reported it was worth $400,000. Not quite said Becton, who clarified that it cost “only” $175,000. ... S Marcus Maye (calf), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), LG Alex Lewis (shoulder), LB Tarell Basham (ankle), RB La'Mical Perine (ankle), OL Cameron Clark (knee), WR Jeff Smith (shoulder), DL Jabari Zuniga (quadriceps) and OL Chuma Edoga (non-COVID-19 illness) all sat out of practice. ... S Bradley McDougald was excused for personal reasons. ... Rookie RB Pete Guerriero was released just two days after being re-signed by the Jets. The former Monmouth star originally signed earlier this month.

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