Training camp comments by the head coach typically aren’t very insightful or meaningful.
Gase on Le'Veon Bell: "He's fired up to go...he looks great, might have come in lighter than last year...another year in the offense - he's really smart - he hears it once and he's gone. He's not a guy who makes a lot of mistakes..." #Jets #NYJets #TakeFlight— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) August 12, 2020
Gase, however, did make a comment about Bell on Wednesday that could provide some insight into how the team plans to use the star running back.
Gase said he did a bad job early last season overusing Bell and opened Bell up for some shots. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 12, 2020
Adam Gase on if he views Le'veon Bell as workhorse or running back by commitee?: "Every game is so different."— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 12, 2020
Says he could have Bell and Gore on the field at the same time.
"He's 28. You got to make sure you're using him the right way... And make sure he gets to 16+ games"
The normal caveats apply here. Even though this is a seemingly interesting comment, it is still a preseason comment by the coach. You might remember last summer how the Jets sold the idea Ty Montgomery was going to be a big part of the offense, and formations would feature both Montgomery and Bell.
That said, this could potentially be a sign that the Jets are going to keep Bell on a pitch count during the early stages of the season. There’s certainly a logic to that thinking. The most likely beneficiaries in that circumstance would either be veteran Frank Gore or rookie La’Mical Perine.
At 37 years old, I certainly don’t think Gore should be seeing significant touches so the rookie emerging in training camp would be a positive development.