Bell eager to get on field

Running back Mike Bell will take the field for the first time in a preseason game Friday against Kansas City.

A touted offseason acquisition from New Orleans, he has been bothered by hamstring and calf injuries.

Bell was brought in to help in short yardage, but he feels he can do more.

“I’m going to find out this week what I bring,” Bell said. “I can do more than just run people over, but the proof is in the pudding, I guess. I gotta show it first.”

Bell said camp has not been frustrating, “just anxious.”

Some voices from after practice today:

* Center Jamaal Jackson, on getting some work with the starters: “It was taking a little bit of time, you know, just adjusting to the speed and the tempo. After that, it’s like riding a bike. Hopefully I can get out there and not have any major rust and just try to play football.”


* Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, on the importance of getting in the end zone this game and gaining confidence going into the regular season: “We just need to do what we need to do to win games and to put points on the board. As far as the number one offense, that’s what’s expected out of us. I feel we have a task to go out there and put up points. No matter if we haven’t scored, not one point, or scored 12, 14 – whatever it is, we just need to go out there and execute. We’re not going to make a big deal out of it. Just go out there and work hard.”


* Tight end Clay Harbor, on whether running routes or blocking is the biggest adjustment coming from a small college to the NFL: “I’d probably say blocking guys just because sometimes in college you could take some bad footwork…it could help you in ways with your technique and you’re just a better athlete. You’re stronger than the guy that’s blocking. In the NFL you definitely can’t do that. You’ve got huge defensive ends that are athletic, very athletic. Just to give yourself a chance to win, you have to have perfect technique, as well as come as hard as you can. The blocking has been the biggest change from the small college I came to until now. It’s coming along, but it’s definitely a lot harder.”