Cleveland Browns potential breakout star for Week 6: David Bell

Browns, David Bell. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cleveland Browns need a new player or two to step up and help the team so look for wide receiver David Bell to be that potential breakout star

The Cleveland Browns have one superstar wide receiver on their team in Amari Cooper but the rest of their wide receiver room is still a work in progress. While we’ve waited for Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz to take off, there’s a new rookie named David Bell that’s on the cusp of breaking out and we could very well see that this Sunday when the Browns take on the New England Patriots.

Bell hasn’t done much through the first five games of the season, even though he’s been on the field quite a bit. He’s only tallied five catches for 53 yards but he has caught a pass in each of the last four games. In the loss to the Atlanta Falcons back in Week 4 he caught an important 20-yard pass for a first down, but it didn’t matter as his quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw an interception a bit later to end the Browns’ threat.

Bell has been on the field anywhere from 19 to 40 snaps on offense in each game. So, on Sunday against the Patriots, he should continue to have his opportunities. With Cooper and Peoples-Jones getting much of the attention of the New England defense, Bell could be the reliable go-to option for Brissett.

Bell was “Mr. Reliable” when he played at Purdue in college. He rarely dropped a pass and eventually, that type of production could be seen with the Browns. In his three years at Purdue, Bell finished with 232 receptions for 2,946 yards and 21 touchdowns. For his senior campaign, he totaled over 200 yards in two games and had five games where he caught at least 11 passes.

Cleveland drafted him in the third round to be that slot receiver to replace the former wide receiver, Jarvis Landry. We haven’t yet seen that type of production Landry was giving them, but it could be just a matter of time. Brissett is likely more comfortable as the veteran backup quarterback to look to Cooper first and foremost but other opponents know that and will be game-planning against that.

On this Sunday, look for Bell to get going and help move this offense forward. The team is moving well offensively but they will need new players to step up and help out.