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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The early word around the league is that Mike Bell, cut Monday by the Broncos, will likely get some looks if he is not claimed.
Bell is an interesting player for teams to evaluate this week. Virtually all of the film that is being studied about him is from the 2006 season. That is extremely uncommon for a player who was healthy all of 2007.
Bell became a national story in early August 2006 when he was named the team's starting tailback after a week of training camp. Making the story even more stunning was that Bell was an undrafted rookie out of Arizona at the time of his unexpected promotion. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was telling people inside the team's building on the day of Bell's promotion that Bell reminded him of Terrell Davis.
Bell ended up not starting and was beaten out by Tatum Bell, the original starter. Yet, Mike Bell did make an impact as a rookie. He rushed for 677 yards and he scored eight rushing touchdowns. He was a perfect fit for Denver's zone-blocking scheme.
Then it all ended. Bell was buried on the tailback depth chart last summer and was moved to fullback at the end of training camp. He was never a factor again. The team did consider trading Bell last September but kept him.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson Mike Bell The early word around the league is that Mike Bell, cut Monday by the Broncos, will likely get some looks if he is not claimed.