Le'Veon Bell said that he'd pick himself first in a fantasy football draft. The next day, Bell doubled down on the self-promotion in more direct terms.
Bell was asked if he felt he was a top-three running back, which he answered before taking it a step further:
"Of course," Bell told CBS Sports HQ. "I mean, everybody's going to have an opinion on what type of back they want, [but] I believe every [general manager] in this league considers me a top-three running back in the league.
"I mean, me personally, I feel like I'm the best running back. There's nothing I can't do."
As recently as last year, both statements were probably true. Bell's production as a rusher and receiver, combined with his stamina, made him one of the most dangerous weapons in the league.
After a year off due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers and entering his first season in a new city at age 27, there are legitimate questions about how good Bell will be for the Jets in 2019, and beyond.
If Jets fans have any doubts though, listening to Bell explain why he's still the best might inspire confidence.
"I feel like I'm the best pick-up blocker, hands down," Bell said. "Running routes? I feel like I run routes like a receiver. I literally watched one of the greatest receivers ever run routes for five years in Antonio Brown, and now I get to come out here and watch other guys like [Jamison Crowder] - I only learn.
"I only get better. And reading between the tackles? I don't think anyone can really understand the way I run between the tackles, and that's why it looks so different. I understand the plays different from everyone else. Everybody can't do it."
As for Bell's top-three claim, he's got some stiff competition. Todd Gurley was recently voted the top running back in the NFL by his peers. Ezekiel Elliott has led the league in rushing yards in each of his two full seasons (and led the league in yards per game in his suspension-shortened 2017) while also improving as a receiver. There may not be a more explosive or exciting two-way threat than the Giants' Saquon Barkley. And don't forget Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey and Melvin Gordon, either.
Bell hasn't played a down since the 2017 season, but his confidence isn't any worse for wear. If he can deliver on his sky-high expectations, he could be the most electric offensive player that the Jets have had since peak Curtis Martin.