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The hardship Le’Veon Bell is facing with Jets in…

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The hardship Le'Veon Bell is facing with Jets in...

There are a number of places to point the finger for the Jets’ 0-2 start — an avalanche of injuries to key players, underperformance from significant players and questionable coaching decisions.

Le’Veon Bell is one player who should be free of blame. One person, however, disagrees.

Le’Veon Bell.

“I feel like I could do better. There’s been a lot of things that I felt like [I could do] … holding onto the football, converting fourth downs and things like that,” he said following practice Wednesday, referring to his lost fumble in the fourth quarter and his 1-yard reception on fourth-and-2 in the third quarter during Monday night’s loss to the Browns. “Helping the quarterback out, helping my [offensive] linemen out. I felt like I made a couple of plays, but obviously there’s a lot I left on the table, too.”

Without quarterback Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) and No. 2 wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (neck), the Jets’ offense was offensive Monday, rarely able to move the ball. Of their 262 total yards, Bell produced 129 — rushing for 68 yards on 21 carries and hauling in 10 catches for 61 yards.

Le'Veon Bell
Le’Veon BellBill Kostroun/New York Post

He saw very little daylight, with several defenders always around him, as the makeshift offensive line continued to struggle. But he wouldn’t use that extra attention or lack of holes as excuses, nor would he let it alter his all-out effort. The three-time Pro Bowl running back frequently dragged tacklers for extra yards or made them miss. According to Pro Football Focus, Bell has gained 117 of his 128 rushing yards this season after contact, third-most in the NFL.

“Whether we have Sam Darnold under center or Luke [Falk], I prep the same way,” Bell said. “Sometimes the ball finds you a little more, you know, sometimes it doesn’t. When I get an opportunity to make a play, I’ve got to make it. I can’t miss opportunities. That’s when great players make players, and I want be a great player.

“Every time I play football there’s going to be a lot of attention on me. I just feel like when I get the ball, I got to make a play.”

He will have to be at his best Sunday, when the Jets meet the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. His teammates will have to be as well, facing a team that has outscored its two opponents thus far 76-3. New England is a 23¹/₂-point favorite, a huge number. Bell knows what to expect. He faced the Patriots for years while with the Steelers, including several times in the postseason.

“Those guys are one of the best dynasties ever to play the game,” he said. “We’ve got to go out there and play football and match their intensity on the road.”

Bell will see a familiar face on the other sideline, former Steelers teammate Antonio Brown. But Bell said he didn’t plan to go out of his way to talk to Brown. He’s more focused on the Jets getting their first win and cleaning up some of the mistakes he believes have held them back so far.

“We’ve got to keep pushing,” he said. “When we watch the film, there’s a lot of mistakes. We’re a young group, obviously we have a lot of injuries, guys substituting in and out. We’re still trying to put everything together. We’ve just got to do it quickly. There are mistakes being made in big parts of the game and that’s what we’ve got to get better at as an entire group.”

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