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Lions' Scott Linehan thinks Joique Bell can be closer for offense

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell isn't receiving a ton of snaps on offense, but lately, the timing of those snaps show how pleased Detroit's coaching staff is with the second-year player out of Wayne State. Bell's touches have increased over the first three weeks of the season, and in Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans, all five of his carries and all four of his catches came in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan sees Bell as a player who can enter the game fresh and make a late impact:

"We really feel like Joique is going to be a game closer, a guy that's going to be able to be fresh in the fourth quarter," Linehan said. "It doesn't eliminate the other guys, but it certainly highlights him playing a little more in those situations."

Bell has 12 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown this season. He's been more dangerous as a pass-catcher, making six receptions for 103 yards. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is also impressed with Bell:

"He's made plays when he's been in the game. He's made guys miss, he's got tough yards, he's ball secure, he's been assignment sound. He's done a nice job."

Bell will have his next opportunity to help the Lions' offense on Sunday when Detroit hosts the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is scheduled for noon CT, and the matchup will be televised by FOX.