The Lions have officially signed running back Joique Bell off the Saints’ practice squad.
The team released running back Aaron Brown to make room for Bell on the roster.
Bell will wear No. 35.
“I’m excited,” Bell told Detroitlions.com. “It’s a great time to be back in Detroit.”
Bell is from Benton Harbor and played football at Wayne State, where he won the 2009 Harlon Hill trophy as the best player in Division II.
Bell (5-11, 220) is a between-the-tackles runner with good balance. He can also play special teams.
The Lions have plenty of experience with Bell, coaching him at the Senior Bowl in 2009.
“When I first got there they used to play jokes on me because you had to earn the honor of them calling you by your real name,” Bell remembers of his Senior Bowl experience with the Lions coaching staff. “When I first got there they were having trouble with my name, so they called me ‘Wayne State’.
“Eventually, on the practice field, I started to stand out, so they started calling me by my first name.”
Bell said he had a lot of respect for Lions running backs coach Sam Gash, who was his position coach at the Senior Bowl.
“I think he’s done a lot of good things here,” Gash said of Bell back during the Senior Bowl. “He’s shown good balance, I think he has shown really, really good vision and I love his attitude. He’s a worker.”
Bell grew up a Lions fan in Benton Harbor and is excited to get into uniform for the Lions. Bell will be on the Lions’ practice field on Wednesday.
“I’m from Michigan. I grew up watching Barry Sanders and Herman Moore,” Bell said. “I’m a big fan of Detroit. I’m ready to come back home.
“I going to go out there and learn the playbook and try to do anything I can do to help this team win a Super Bowl.”
Bell played in eight games for the Eagles and Colts last year but did not record a carry.
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