Although he began his career as an undrafted free-agent signed by the Bills in 2010, then moving to Philly and Indy that same year, followed by New Orleans in 2011, Joique Bell is 100% Michigan. He was born and raised in Benton Harbor, went to school at Wayne State University, and worked briefly at Ford Field. On December 26, 2011, Joique became a Detroit Lion.
Originally signed for depth purposes, Bell has shown the work ethic and determination of a lion. He moved his way up the depth chart to become one of Detroit’s potent run-game weapons. In 2012, he recorded 414 rushing yards on 83 carries (5.0 avg) for 3 TD. Joique followed that performance in 2013 with 650 rushing yards on 166 carries (3.9 avg) for 8 TD. He accumulated 1,032 receiving yards as well for the two seasons, catching 105 passes.
On March 11 of this year, Joique Bell signed a 2-year deal worth $7 Million.
Together with Reggie Bush, the Detroit Lions’ 2014 run-game should be just as potent, if not more so, than last season. The two running backs should be more comfortable on the team together this season, and learning a new scheme together should build a nice camaraderie. Bush ran for over 1,000 yards himself last year, and when added to Bell’s numbers, shows that the Lions can run the ball again, and their ground game needs to be respected.