Baltimore Ravens, ‘very impressed’ with Le’Veon Bell, promote RB from practice squad

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DENVER — The Baltimore Ravens will have a Professional Bowl backfield on Sunday, albeit the one particular from six years back.

Running back Le’Veon Bell was promoted from the exercise squad Saturday, a day ahead of the Ravens’ match at the unbeaten Denver Broncos. Bell, 29, joins a crowded backfield that currently has Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman, all of whom reached the Professional Bowl at some position from 2014 to 2017.

This marks Bell’s very first sport considering the fact that he performed in the Kansas City Chiefs’ AFC divisional playoff gain more than the Cleveland Browns previous year. He used the to start with four months of the regular time on the follow squad after getting signed by Baltimore on Sept. 7.

The Ravens wanted Bell to have time to get into soccer form because he wasn’t in a instruction camp this calendar year. Now, Bell will be in the blend on a workforce which is even now attempting to figure out the pecking get in its backfield.

“I consider he has a really superior enthusiasm,” Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman said this 7 days. “He is a smart male, and it’s going to be appealing to see how he can support us. So significantly, I have been really impressed with him. You can see why he’s been so successful, and ideally he can add a little something to us at some issue this calendar year. But [I’ve seen] nothing but positives.”

After gaining over 1,000 yards dashing in a few of his five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell has not been the exact playmaker since sitting down out the 2018 time. Final season, he totaled 328 yards rushing and two touchdowns with the New York Jets and Chiefs.

The Ravens’ backfield has gone through a main improve in excess of the previous thirty day period. Baltimore lost its prime two jogging backs — J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards — to time-ending knee accidents just weeks right before the commence of the standard time.

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In the first a few game titles, the Ravens haven’t experienced a showcased operating back again and have as a substitute split the carries between Ty’Son Williams and Murray, who could take a greater function against the Broncos. Baltimore sales opportunities the NFL in rushing, but its most effective runner has been quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“We’re just setting up to get a experience for our [running] backs, definitely,” Roman reported. “I imagine you’ll see that evolve as the 12 months goes on, as nicely. I imagine they all variety of have been studying our process. But we like what we see with all of them, and we want to hold them refreshing and prepared to roll.”

Bell, Murray and Freeman all were being thought of between the leading operating backs in the NFL a handful of many years back, when they merged for 6 Professional Bowls. This selection of large-name backs has not long gone unnoticed.

“If you look back again probably even a few several years in the past, and to assume if we have been all in the similar home, it would be a cap problem, suitable?” Murray claimed previously this thirty day period.

The Ravens also promoted cornerback Kevon Seymour and offensive tackle Andre Smith off the observe squad. Baltimore also positioned defensive conclude Derek Wolfe (hip/again) on injured reserve.