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The revenge of Le’Veon Bell could be a Jets horror

In a season of one nightmare after another, here comes arguably the biggest one of all for the New York Football Jets:

The Revenge of Le’Veon Bell.

Tank for Trevorites and the legion of long-suffering Jets fans can picture it now:

Le’Veon Bell unleashed and running wild in garbage time of Jets-Chiefs.

Frank Gore, who was Bell’s teammate for all of five games this season, sounded a warning:

“I know he’s gonna be hyped up. He’s supposed to be. He gets an opportunity to show this organization that he still can play. I feel that he still can play. He had great years in this league, and being around him in practice, training camp, he still can play at a high level. And I know he’s gonna want to definitely show it on Sunday. That’s what you’re supposed to do”

It only figures that 2020 would give us a team like the Jets, 0-7 and steamrolling toward 0-16 for the right, no doubt, to be spurned by Trevor Lawrence in 2021.

Sam Darnold will be a bigger underdog Sunday in Kansas City against Patrick Mahomes and the defending champion Chiefs than Joe Namath was in Super Bowl III in Miami against the NFL Baltimore Colts.

And after four yards of offense accumulated in the second half Sunday against the Bills, Darnold won’t be guaranteeing any shock-the-world victory, much less a cover of the 19.5-point spread.

Bell, you may recall, was supposed to be The Straw Who Helped Stir Darnold’s sophomore drink, the horse Darnold would ride on his flight to stardom with the brilliant mind that belonged to Adam Gase.

Le'Veon Bell
Le’Veon BellBill Kostroun/New York Post

And Rich Kotite was going to be Leon Hess’ Vince Lombardi.

And Vernon Gholston was going to make Tom Brady desperate enough to leave Bill Belichick in 2008.

And John Idzik was going to be Woody Johnson’s Ozzie Newsome.

Bell’s 17-game Jets career was more Isaiah Crowell than Freeman McNeil or Curtis Martin.

Bell and Gase got along better than, say, IK Enemkpali and Geno Smith, but this was never a marriage made in heaven, more a relationship akin to Brigitte Nielsen and Mark Gastineau.

So Bell Jamal Adamsed his way out of town, albeit much more quietly.

And wouldn’t you know it, he’s wearing his old familiar No. 26, only now he has Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy calling plays for him, and Mahomes handing him or throwing him the ball.

“[Mahomes is] the best quarterback that I’ve seen. … I haven’t seen him play in person yet, but … it looks like he’s playing at a different speed than everybody else. … It seems like this game is way too easy for him,” Gase said.

There were times with the Steelers when they said similar things about the young Le’Veon Bell.

Gase’s decision to hand the play-calling over to OC Dowell Loggains last week will continue this week, too late for Bell, of course.

Notable Revenge games:

— Brett Favre marched into Lambeau Field with the Vikings in 2009 and threw four touchdown passes to outduel Aaron Rodgers. “Once again, I didn’t have to prove anything,” Favre said. “I’m glad it’s over. I’m not gonna sit here and throw any daggers.”

— Ravens WR Steve Smith vowed there would be “blood and guts everywhere” when he played his former Panthers team, and his seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in 2014 proved it.

Bell will undoubtedly be rapping somewhere and sometime during the week, but he won’t be answering any questions about the Jets, or about anything, for that matter, with visiting media.

The star he brought with him to New York following his one-year sabbatical has been diminished, and now Bell gets a new lease on life and second chance to show the naysayers that he has more left in the tank at age 28 than he showed the past year-and-a-half.

If he can’t flourish with this quarterback and these coaches and players, he might as well move on to the recording studio and cut another album.

“I think the offense fits him,” Reid said. “He can see his talents and what he does best show up in this offense.”

There was one occasion last week when Bell, who had 39 yards on six carries against the Broncos, and No. 1 draft RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire both split out wide on a pass to CEH that fell incomplete.

“He’s been working his tail off just trying to learn and make sure he’s got everything down,” Reid said. “He’s picked it up faster than I ever thought guys would pick it up. That position’s a tough position because they have so much responsibility. He’s really dug in and done a nice job with it.”

He reported to Jets training camp a chiseled 210 pounds and in the best shape of his life. Gore would be a big brother and keep him fresh. Then everybody fumbled, including him. Now Le’Veon Bell tries to pick it up and run to daylight again. His Oct. 13 tweet: “got a lot to prove. i’m ready to go.” Ready to go to his first Super Bowl. A Super Sunday against the 0-7 Jets first.

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