Le'Veon Bell joins New York Jets teammates on the field this week during mandatory minicamp for the first time since signing his big-money deal this offseason.
Coach Adam Gase said Tuesday before the team's first practice session that he's not worried about Bell — who hasn't participated in a club-related football activity in about 18 months — being in shape. The coach noted, however, that the team will be "selective" in how much they work their new running back this week.
"We'll be smart just because he hasn't been here," Gase said. "I know he's been working out. I'm not really worried about him being in shape, it's more just kind of football — getting back to that, getting used to terminology, kind of what we're doing. Really, this is going to be big for him to get used to the individual route we're going to be doing on the field; him kind of getting used to the practice routine that we're going to be doing, so the next few days will be a great opportunity for him to do that. We'll get him into practice as far as the actual competition part of it — we'll just be very selective of what we'll put him in."
Gase added he's not concerned about Bell getting up to speed on his offense, noting that it's everyone's first year running the system. The coach expects the dual-threat back to pick up the offense quickly during the three days of minicamp.