Starter: Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets
Le’Veon Bell had a very poor first season with the Jets, after holding out for the full 2018 season. He looked rusty at the start of the season and a full season with the Jets could be what he needs to explode this year. Bell produced 789 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns along with 66 receptions for 461 yards and added a score.
The usually dynamic Bell averaged an abysmal 3.2 yards per carry, which is in part due to his situation behind a struggling offensive line and inconsistent quarterback play. After adding Becton the Jets will be better on the ground especially when he runs behind Becton.
With more familiarity in the system, I could see Bell improving on his rushing and receiving totals. The Jets need to find ways to get Bell in a position to succeed in the passing game which was one of his calling cards with the Steelers.
Backup: James White, New England Patriots
James White is the ideal complementary back who shines in the receiving game as arguably the best receiving back in the game. White ran for 263 yards and 1 touchdown on 3.9 yards per carry but added 72 receptions for 645 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Without Tom Brady, White’s production might take a small dip but the Patriots will probably try to incorporate White a lot in the short passing game to help Jarrett Stidham and will still be recognized as one of the more dynamic offensive weapons in the AFC East.