Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday that star RB Le'Veon Bell told him not to hold back his work load in Week 1 against the Bills.
Bell made sure to reiterate that point.
"I'll carry 50 [times] if he asked me to. I'm ready," he told reporters after practice.
Bell has been waiting patiently for this week. His highly-anticipated return is just four days away, and after not playing at all this preseason, he's about ready to explode all over the MetLife Stadium field.
Now he won't be getting 50 touches, but you get Bell is trying to say: he's more than prepared for a full workload from the jump.
"When I said don't hold back, I mean literally that," he said. "I don't want to go out there with him sprinkling me in or things like that. I'm ready to play football. I've been waiting a long time for this moment."
He's been waiting since Jan. 14, 2017, the last time he saw game action. And in that season with the Steelers, he saw 321 rush attempts and 406 total touches, which was the most of his career. All those chances turned into 1,946 yards from scrimmage with 11 total touchdowns as well.
Bell will hope to break those numbers this season. And so do his teammates.
Jamal Adams -- a big proponent in recruiting Bell to the Jets -- continued to speak highly of his new teammate, who he said changed how running backs play in this league.
"Yeah, he can do everything. He changed the game," Adams said of Bell. "I strongly believe he changed the game as far as running backs with his stop and his acceleration."
The Jets, and the rest of the NFL, will finally get to see that signature style from Bell on the field again very soon.