Jets HC Adam Gase said Monday that RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) is "pretty close to 100 percent." That puts him on track to return for Thursday night's game against the Ravens. Bell will be a volume-based RB2 in that tough spot.

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The Jets have placed RB Le'Veon Bell on IR with his hamstring injury. That means he'll miss at least 3 games, but it doesn't sound like they expect Bell to be out beyond that span. The Jets also added RB Kalen Ballage to the active roster Tuesday. Ballage's wretched 2019 -- 1.8 yards per carry and 4.5 yards per catch -- showed us he doesn't have much to offer. And he should sit behind Frank Gore and Josh Adams on the depth chart. La'Mical Perine is also in the mix but is coming off a late-August ankle sprain. This is a situation to avoid in a lackluster offense.

Jets HC Adam Gase said Monday that RB Le'Veon Bell could miss "a couple of weeks" with his hamstring injury. It sounded like Gase was still waiting for more information on the severity of the injury. But fantasy owners should be making other plans for Week 2. Bell's absence would leave the Jets' backfield to Frank Gore and Josh Adams. Gross.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell left Sunday's game at Buffalo in the 3rd quarter with a left hamstring injury. He is doubtful to return. Josh Adams opened the ensuing drive in the backfield.

Jets HC Adam Gase said he wants to get RB Le'Veon Bell the ball "in space better than we did last year." Added Gase, "I feel like we can find better ways to get him the ball to help him create more explosive plays." Consider this the 1st positive report on Bell all summer. ESPN's Rich Cimini notes that Bell lined up out wide or in the slot just 63 times all last season. He caught 66 balls but averaged a subpar 7.0 yards per catch. We're skeptical that Gase will deploy Bell in a much more efficient manner in 2020. He remains a stay-away at ADP.

Jets HC Adam Gase tells ESPN that he would like to "lessen the load" a bit on RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020. "Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it's just all on him all the time," Gase said. Bell ranked 8th in the league in touches in his 1st season with the Jets (despite missing a game). He handled 69.8% of the team's rushing attempts and 16.1% of the targets in his 15 contests. So there's room for Bell to shed some opportunities and still rank well in those categories. Gase said in the same interview that he hopes more downfield speed in the pass-catching corps will help create space for Bell, who faced the league's 7th-highest rate of stacked boxes on run plays last year (according to NFL Next Gen Stats). With just Kenneth Dixon, 4th-rounder La'Micael Perine and former Eagle Josh Adams currently behind him on the depth chart, we're not worried about anyone stealing a damaging amount of work from the Jets starter.

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