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Le’Veon Bell will sign with Kansas City Chiefs

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Free agent running back Le’Veon Bell will sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The rumors pointed the way, and now the news has become official. The Kansas City Chiefs will sign free agent running back Le’Veon Bell, per an NFL report.

Bell has been angling for his freedom for some time with the New York Jets after having grown frustrated by his use with the franchise. Head coach Adam Gase’s offense is pretty much the NFL’s worst, and Bell had valid reasons to be so unhappy there.

After attempts to trade him, the Jets were ultimately forced to release him in order to avoid further financial hits, thus granting him free agency as a veteran in the league.

The last two-and-a-half years haven’t gone according to plan for Bell since he decided to sit out a season from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jets signed him before the 2019 season, but Bell had only 789 rushing yards on 245 carries and 3 touchdowns, all of which led to a paltry 3.2 yards/carry average. This year, Bell’s average (in only two games) is up to 3.9 yards/carry but the sample size is ridiculously small.

In his prime, Bell was a three-time All-Pro running back with the Steelers who was in conversation for the very best at his position. Together with Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, he formed the cornerstone of one of the league’s most dynamic offenses from 2013-17. During that time, Bell averaged just under 1,600 yards from scrimmage per season.

At this point with the Chiefs, Bell will share time with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and offer the Chiefs some veteran experience at a younger position overall. Bell, who is still only 28 years old, will be able to hit free agency against next spring with the hopes of a fresh start and another solid payday on the open market.

 

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Buffalo Bills: 4 under-the-radar players to watch in Week 6

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Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver (91) warms up prior to a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

These are four players that may not be getting much attention but could have big games for the Buffalo Bills in Week 6.

The Buffalo Bills are entering this game after a disappointing performance against the Tennessee Titans. They now face their toughest challenge all season against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

This is a very talented football team, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who also is coming off a disappointing loss and will be very focused to not lose two in a row. The Buffalo Bills will need to have their stars like Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and Tre’Davious White playing at their peak. However, these four players are a bit under-the-radar that could have huge impacts on the outcome of this game.

Ed Oliver

The Buffalo Bills first round pick last year is a well-known name but for the most part, has had a quiet start to the season. If there was ever a game to have him break out, this would be a perfect time.

Through five games, Ed Oliver has nine total tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, and only five QB hits. The Bills had hoped they would be getting more production from a player they used a Top 10 pick on.

One of the best ways to get Patrick Mahomes off his game, is to put pressure on him. This was expected to be something that Ed Oliver was going to bring to this defense on a regular basis. If Oliver can take advantage of a Chiefs’ offensive line that has been hit hard by injury, it would be a big boost to a defense that has struggled to start the year.

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4 Panthers players who showed out vs. the Bears in Week 6

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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater

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Which members of the Carolina Panthers turned in standout displays in their 23-16 loss to the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium?

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon all round for the Carolina Panthers. Their home defeat to the Chicago Bears was a game riddled with individual mistakes that eventually brought an end to their winning run. And there is much work to do between now and when they take the field at the Super Bowl hopeful New Orleans Saints next weekend.

This has tempered expectations surrounding the Carolina Panthers if nothing else. It was easy for the team’s fanbase to get a little bit ahead of themselves after rolling off three straight. But some perspective about where Matt Rhule’s side actually is in terms of building a postseason contender should be considered following every win or loss in the coming months.

Chicago wasn’t great, but their vaunted defense eventually got them over the line down the stretch. This was another one that got away from the Panthers thanks to some costly mistakes, which is another harsh learning curve for a young roster of which little was expected coming into the campaign.

A third loss of the season does represent a step back, and it would be one of the NFL’s shocks of the season if Carolina managed to win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week 7, especially with the Saints coming off their bye.

There will be some steep challenges upcoming for this group to overcome and those who are not pulling their weight need to raise their game in no uncertain terms. Let’s take a look at four Panthers players who showed out despite not coming away with a victory against the Bears.

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Chicago Bears: Studs, duds, and MVP from week 6

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The Chicago Bears once again find a way to win, moving to 5-1 this season

The Chicago Bears have once again found a way to win through six weeks of the season. The offense continues to have their struggles, and the play-calling can still be very questionable at times but this Bears team knows how to win, plain and simple.

The Carolina Panthers are a scrappy team and I thought going in that this game was going to serve as a good chance to see if these Bears are for real or not. The Chicago Bears came out to play on the defensive side of the ball as always and was really the main catalyst for this victory.

So as we do after every Chicago Bears victory let’s take a look at some Studs, duds, and who the MVP was from week 6. This week we’re going to start off with the studs of the game.

Stud: Cole Kmet

It was nice to see Cole Kmet actually get on the field and get used in a positive way. There are already murmurs of the rookie being called a bust for his lack of production this season. Cole caught both of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown. Of course, these numbers are nothing to be blown away by, but it’s still a great sign to see him used on offense.

Stud: Jaylon Johnson

Jaylon Johnson is one of my favorite players on this entire Bears roster. I was high on him coming into the season and he has completely outplayed expectations. He had another really solid performance overall against a really good Panthers receiving core. He did get beat once or twice by D.J. Moore but played solid for the most part. He was also responsible for the tipped pass which led to a Tashaun Gipson interception.

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