Ravens: Le’Veon Bell is running out of time to make an impact

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Is there room for Le’Veon Bell in the Ravens backfield?

Ty’Son Williams has given no reason to be replaced. He’s the longest-tenured healthy back on the roster, is young, and has shown no reason to concede any of his role.

Murray, meanwhile, has two touchdowns in three games. He hasn’t exactly popped on film and has just 92 yards on 26 carries, but he fills the role of spelling Williams well and reliably.

Freeman, meanwhile, has had a very minimal role, but he showed burst against the Kansas City Chiefs and is now way ahead of Bell purely for having played. The Ravens also just brought back Nate McCrary on their practice squad.

Finding a spot for Bell, therefore, becomes tough.

Bell was always celebrated for his ability as a pass-catcher and earned praise for being talented enough to be the second or third receiver on many other teams.

As the Ravens don’t have a clear-cut receiver from the backfield, this could be Bell’s way in. However, that would mean cutting Freeman, most likely.

While I see that as unlikely, keeping Bell for this long, despite the Murray and Freeman signings, does suggest the Ravens see something in Bell — be that his talent or a specific role.

Bell has been on the practice squad for virtually three weeks and is yet to earn a promotion. For a running back many have already written off, he hasn’t made a good case if the last of what we saw from him is the best he has to offer.

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While I still relish the idea of Bell in a Ravens uniform, finding his old form and running over the Steelers, it seems the brief window for that has passed.