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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Sleeper Watch: Yeremiah Bell

By James Walker

The AFC East blog continues its look at sleeper players who could make a big impact in 2012. On Wednesday we look at a new safety for the New York Jets.

Sleeper player: Safety Yeremiah Bell

Why we like him: Bell is a veteran who is solid in many areas. He's smart, knows his role and was Miami's leading tackler last season. Despite this being his first year in New York, Bell has high character and will bring much-needed leadership to the Jets' locker room.

Reasons for concerns: The Jets needed offseason improvements in pass coverage, and that is not Bell's strong point. Bell will team with LaRon Landry or Eric Smith at safety, and no one in this trio is great at pass coverage. But Bell and Landry are two hitters who could intimidate over the middle, and that is also something New York didn't have last season.

Outlook: Bell is a durable veteran who should produce. He will bring sure-tackling, solid run support and smarts on the back end. But the Jets will be susceptible to the big play. Bell was a late signing, and the key will be learning the system.