Slow Down, Kenny Bell

September 2nd, 2015
Lovie slams brakes on quick return.

Lovie slams brakes on quick return.

It seemed like a few weeks ago that Kenny Bell not only was a mortal leadpipe lock to make the final-53, he may have been the No. 3 receiver.

Now, on Sept. 2, there is doubt if Bell even makes the final-53.

Bell started training camp hot. But the longer training camp went, the less effective Bell became. He has yet to catch a pass in preseason and now with a bum hamstring, one wonders if Bell might be waived with an injury settlement.

It’s kind of hard to justify a spot on the roster to a fifth-round draft pick who is both hurt, and hasn’t caught a pass yet in a game.

It seems Bell might be doing the math and is chomping at the bit to get back on the field.

“Hold up!” says Bucs coach Lovie Smith. Lovie isn’t about to let Bell get back on the practice field just yet.

“Kenny hurt his hamstring Friday and wants to test it now?” Lovie asked aloud in his daily presser yesterday. “Not going to happen. You don’t come back from hamstring injuries that quick. It’s good that he wants to do that and I’m sure that the pain is gone, but he’s not quite ready yet.”

So now it is a waiting game to see if Bell had impressed Bucs officials so much in OTAs that he could survive a so-so training camp and an invisible preseason.

To hear more from Lovie yesterday, click the arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

24 Responses to “Slow Down, Kenny Bell”

  1. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    If they did it for Herron last year, they can do it for Bell this year.

  2. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I think H&H are better options this year, though.

  3. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Hall and Humphries I mean.

  4. BucFan20 Says:

    Other players could catch in the games. He could not show up when it counted. Time to cut him and keep the one that did show up.

  5. BucFan20 Says:

    This will also be a sign if Lovie is being fair or still giving Gifts.

  6. Tom Edrington Says:

    This guy has done nothing……he’d be lucky to make the practice squad…

  7. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    I just presumed when he was rooming with Jameis that he would become a big target.

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    This guy had a lot of hype early, not sure if he sticks. He sort of reminds me of the type who is slightly built and got picked on early in life. Wish him success if he stays or goes.

  9. Rrsrq Says:

    He will be there, I know every one hates the potential word, but everyone knows he has it and willingnto work. He looks as if he will be really good on ST’s, let him grow as a receiver, who knows how long V-Jax has, Mike Evans keeps getting dinged up as well, gotta remember this guy played for run happy Nebraska and was still productive, not that that is an indicator of NFL success.

  10. Bigbucs1 Says:

    Bell needs to stick, I can easily see the panthers making a run for him and then we look like the silly goose once he produces because we weren’t patient developing

  11. DB55 Says:

    He’s too tough to make this team. Don’t you see the coach leading the front? WHAT a guy wants to play injured? Who does that? Not on my team. Not unless he the #1 overall pick. If you have a booboo you have to sit at least a month.


  12. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    If they can sneak him onto the practice squad…perhaps not that tough since he’s put nothing on video to catch the attention of other GM’s…I’m ok but one of the sacred 53 spots. No way!

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    Bell will make the team. Licht already knows this dude wouldn’t clear waivers – and I’m pretty sure they’ve seen enough from him that they are not ready to give up on Kenny that fast or give him away to another team.

    Bucs are going to keep 6 receivers and I believe they will be VJax, Evans, Murphy, Bell, Hall and Russell Shepard. (The last 3 will all be valuable ST contributors this year). Clay, Humphries and Dye are all good practice squad candidates if they can clear waivers which may or may not happen.

  14. Fsuking Says:

    Kenny Bell will make the team he is a good WR and we don’t have more than 2 other good WRs.

  15. Rrsrq Says:

    Note: punt return for TD when Kenny Bell the gunner wasn’t playing

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I agree with your prediction…..

  17. Mo_Downs Says:

    The Bucs FO wants to keep Bell healthy enough to be available for a trade package later. It won’t do the Bucs a lot of good to have a stable of “potentially” great WR’s and an OL that is incapable of protecting the QB.

    Priorities would suggest that holding Bell out is just a case of protecting the teams investment. All of our young WR’s beyond Mike and VJ have pretty much the same (speed, hands) skill sets. And, to be honest, there isn’t a dimes worth of difference between their potential for significant contributions, this year.

    It takes reps for a young WR, no matter how fast or how broad their catch radius is, to learn how to get open in the NFL. The fact that Bell has no catches and several other rookies have multiple catch games would suggest that there is a big difference between being phenomenal during “underwear” football practice sessions and doing so under game conditions against talented vets. Don’t be fooled by rookie WR’s with a lot of catches against 2nd and 3rd string defenses.

    The 2nd and 3rd string WR’s will make “The 53” based on: “What else ya got?”

    Go Bucs.

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    I wouldn’t mind him on the practice squad but the way hall and Humphries has been playing idk if he makes it…GO BUCS!!!

  19. Bucnnole Says:

    Another terrible draft pick by this regime. When is it time to call for Licht’s head? Enough is enough. Between crippling bad free agency signings and draft picks that don’t pan out, these last two off seasons have been an absolute JOKE!!!

  20. DraftJameis Says:


    Duuuuude u r so right!!!!! Terrible draft pick!!!! I mean, he’s a 5th round rookie, why hasn’t he overtaken Mike Evans yet?!?!?!?! Fire Lovie RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! *engulfes into flames*

  21. DraftJameis Says:

    You have to give this guy a year, no matter what. The Buccaneers are not in a position where they need to overly covet the roster spot of a 5th round WR. Give the guy a year in the NFL, and if he shows nothing this season, they can release him next year. Hall or Humphries don’t have near the ceiling this guy has.

  22. Lakeland Buc Says:

    He’s in the same position that Ahmad Black was in, back in 2011. Black was a 5th round pick, had a hammy and couldn’t play during the preseason. So Rah had to waive him, he cleared waivers and Rah added him to the practice squad. Once Black got healthy, Rah added him to the 53. If we waive him. no one will pick him up. Once he get healthy we can waive a WR and add him to the 53.

  23. JAB83 Says:

    So we should cut ME also?!?! Why not?!?! KB is gonna do what ME dose… Look great early get hurt in TC and ball out during the season… Plus Lovie is protecting him… He ain’t going nowhere’s… Its as simple as that… Now move along nothing more to talk about at this time…

  24. Nuc if u Buc Says:

    If Hall doesn’t make the squad purely so the Bucs won’t have wasted a late pick we will regret it, Hall and 1st rounder Perriman were receivers 1a and 1b at UCF, go watch his film…