Le’Veon Bell has been vocal about the difference he’s seen in Jets quarterback Sam Darnold so far in training camp. He has big expectations for Darnold entering his third season.
“Just got to make sure he’s healthy,” Bell said of Darnold.
After a brief pause, Bell then revealed some tongue-in-cheek advice he gave to the quarterback.
“I told him, ‘No bars.‘”
That advice applies to the current state of world, with the coronavirus pandemic still raging across the United States. But Bell’s advice also reference Darnold’s mononucleosis diagnosis from 2019, which cost him three games. Bell doesn’t want to see his quarterback sitting out with an illness again.
For what it’s worth, Darnold is way ahead of Bell on that front. Darnold already said he plans on just staying in his apartment when he’s not at the Jets’ practice facility or at games. The quarterback is prepared to live a boring life to reduce any risk of getting sick during the pandemic.
Bell revealed his advice after going through the differences the running back has seen in Darnold so far in training camp. Bell reiterated that shift in confidence and comfort displayed by Darnold so far, and Bell expects that shift to be a big benefit for the Jets’ offense.
“He knows like how things are supposed to sound and what guys are supposed to do,” Bell said. “All his checks, his hot routes, how to check the line. He’s taking great command of the huddle, and I think that’s the biggest difference from year two and three.”
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