Bucs' Kenny Bell sees 'urgency,' says 'my break will come'
Bucs receiver Kenny Bell, part of a logjam of receivers competing for the team's backup jobs, has no catches, a costly fumble and two penalties in the first two preseason games, so there's a sense of urgency as the NFL's first cuts loom next week.
"There's always urgency to make plays and prove you belong here," Bell said. "That certainly hasn't gone away."
Bell had first crack at the Bucs' kickoff return job, but lost a fumble on the opening kickoff against the Eagles, with receiver Donteea Dye getting the first look Saturday against the Jaguars. He has had four passes thrown his way in two games, but hasn't caught any, with an offensive pass interference penalty against the Eagles and a holding call against the Jaguars.
"It's a big week. Obviously, I haven't had the production I wanted in terms of yards and catches in games, but I'm playing good football," said Bell, a fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Nebraska who spent last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. "There's things I'm doing on film. I'm doing it the right way. I'm doing what they're asking. So I've got to just keep plugging away and my break will come."
Bell said he's looking forward to joint practices with the Browns on Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of Friday's home preseason game, knowing those are also chances to prove himself against NFL competition.
"When you bring competition in or we go to competition, it presents opportunities for guys that you have to take advantage of," he said.