Kahlil Bell probably isn’t a familiar name, but the Green Bay Packers signed the running back on Monday.
Yes, a running back.
Why would the Packers need another running back? Well, they probably don’t, with Eddie Lacy dominating the carries and James Starks the obvious No. 2.
The Packers did, however, put their third running back — Johnathan Franklin — on injured reserve last week. Then, instead of signing another running back, they promoted linebacker Victor Aiyewa from the practice squad.
Now the Packers have another third-string running back who isn’t going to get any carries. Franklin had a 100-yard game against Cincinnati and then got six more total carries before he was shut down prior to last week’s debacle.
So, clearly this was a need.
Bell will clearly occupy an important spot on the bench for a losing team that has no direction.
Shrewd move, Ted! Shrewd move!
Ironically, Bell has one career 100-yard game. Who did it come against? Why, the Green Bay Packers, of course!
On Christmas in 2011, Bell racked up 121 yards against the Packers.
Bell hasn’t played in the league this year, but he spent most of his career — two-plus seasons — with the Chicago Bears. He was also briefly with the New York Jets in 2012.
His best season was 2011, when he rushed for 337 yards. While that may look like jack shit, he has averaged 4.3 per carry over his career. Probably largely thanks to the Packers.
Franklin suffered a neck injury and was probably doubtful for next week so they had fill his special teams roll. Bell apparently is a good special teams player and has even returned kicks before. He can also act as an emergency running back. The last time the Packers suited up 2 running backs, Kuhn was in the backfield at the end of the game… we don’t really want that to happen again.
Franklin is done for the season on IR. But you’re right, my 1st thought was they brought him on to return kicks.
If the Packers are out of it, do you think about shutting down Eddie Lacy? I mean what’s the point of getting more wear on his tires or risk him getting injured? Same with Rodgers; if we’re out of it, don’t even come back this year. Move on to 2014.
How are we out of it? The Bears have already lost, so the Packers control their own fate when it comes to beating Chicago in the division. The Lions have to lose 2. Is that going to happen? Who knows, buts its possible.
The Pack winning out is of course the other unknown and unlikely, but again still possible.
When the Pack loses again then Technically we will be out of it. Until then we are still in.
Actually, even if they lose against Atlanta, the Packers are not technically out of it. But it’s about unlikely as it is right now.
As for this “why not sit them out” crap: The fans deserve to see the best team the Packers can put on the field. I don’t give them thousands of dollars a year to watch a bunch of scrubs and third-team players. I don’t care if they are 0-15 and it’s 10 below zero on Christmas night – if Rodgers is healthy I’ve paid to see him play.
Well that is some foresight . . .
Learn how to read, fucktards. The key word being “if.”
It’s a valid question. Stop being entitled twats. The Packers don’t owe you anything.