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- First name: Blake Bell
- Position: YOU
- University: Oklahoma
- Height: 6-6
- Weight: 252
- Season: 6th
- Game studied: 2019 (Kansas City vs. Bears, Broncos and Ravens)
Bell is an experienced collaborator / special team with the potential to contribute in a clearly defined role. The former college quarterback, turned into a tight, developed into a solid tight ending n. 2 with a blocking specialty.
As an annoying blocker with incessant energy and effort, Bell effectively manages the edge defenders in the running game. While not an overbearing blocker at the attack point, he neutralizes defenders like a forward basketball power that fixes tough screens in the paint. Bell’s stickiness and persistence is quite effective for runners who turn the corner when sealing the defenders to shoot through the creases inside his football blocks. The narrow, full-bodied end doesn’t necessarily move the defenders off the ball, but its leverage and positioning are just enough to get the job done.
In passage protection, Bell is an effective chipper or short-term edge protection. Stabal the passing runners initially before entering its path on the perimeter. Despite its effectiveness on chips, Bell should be used in a limited role in pass protection. Will be exposed by the runners of the elite passage in one-on-one encounters on the sidelines.
In the passing game, Bell is a reliable catcher with strong hands and good ball skills. He constantly picks up balls delivered within the attack zone and detonates the potential like a chainsaw. Although he lacks explosiveness for being a difference maker or mismatch maker in the passing game, Bell is a capable dream catcher with the ability to grab a handful of receptions on the underlying routes and check-downs.
As a special team player, Bell’s combination of size, speed and athleticism should make him a functional player on football coverage and return units. It was an effective blocker for the Chiefs’ repatriation units and should be able to function similarly with the Cowboys.