Byron Bell

Byron Michael Bell (born January 17, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at New Mexico, and was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

Byron Bell
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Bell with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017
Free agent
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:January 17, 1989 (age 30)
Greenville, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Greenville (Greenville, Texas)
College:New Mexico
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:102
Games started:83
Player stats at

Early years

Bell attended Greenville High School, where he played offensive tackle for the Lions football team. He also was a Golden Gloves boxer, but gave up the sport as a senior, when he started being recruited by colleges.[1] He received All-state honors as a senior.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of New Mexico. As a freshman, he played in one game and missed the rest of the season with a knee injury. The next year, he started 12 games at right tackle, while allowing only 3 sacks and helping the team to average 204.9 rushing yards per game, ranking third in the conference and 16th in the nation.

As a junior, he was moved to left tackle and started 12 games, but was a part of a team that only won one contest. As a senior, he started 12 games and received the team's outstanding offensive lineman award, but the team again won only one contest. He finished his college career after appearing in 37 games with 36 starts.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 14 in
(1.96 m)
339 lb
(154 kg)
5.36 s 1.76 s 3.06 s 4.76 s 7.69 s 30 12 in
(0.77 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
20 reps
All values are from Pro Day[2]

Carolina Panthers

After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Bell signed with the Carolina Panthers.[3] As a rookie, he was named the starter at right tackle in the second game after Jeff Otah sustained a concussion in the season opener. He returned to a backup role until the seventh game, when Otah was placed on injured reserve because of a knee and back injury. Bell appeared in 16 games with 12 starts.

In 2012, he opened as the team's first-string right tackle ahead of Otah in Organized Team Activities and remained in that role after Otah was traded on July 23. He started at right guardin the sixth game against the Dallas Cowboys and moved back to tackle for the rest of the season. He appeared 16 games with 15 starts.

In 2013, he played 16 games with 14 starts at right tackle, but struggled in pass protection. Against the Buffalo Bills, he allowed 3.5 sacks (part of a 4.5 sack record for a Panthers opponent) against defensive end Mario Williams in a 23–24 loss.[4] The following week he bounced back and did not allow a sack in a 38–0 win against the New York Giants.

In 2014, with the retirement of Jordan Gross, he was thrust into the left tackle position. He started 17 games including two playoff contests, but struggled even more than in the previous year. He missed the ninth game against the New Orleans Saints with a knee injury. He wasn't re-signed after the season.

Tennessee Titans

On April 22, 2015, he was signed as a free agent by the Tennessee Titans, to provide depth in the wake of Michael Roos' retirement and Taylor Lewan's move to left tackle. He started all 16 games for the first time of his career, splitting time between left guard and right tackle. On May 24, 2016, Bell suffered a dislocated left ankle during OTAs and was ruled out for the entire season.[5]

Dallas Cowboys

On March 24, 2017, he signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, to provide depth after right tackle Doug Free retired and left guard Ronald Leary was lost in free agency.[6] During preseason he competed for the open left guard position. He began the regular season as the Cowboys' backup swing tackle, until Chaz Green returned to that role after being passed on the depth chart at left guard by Jonathan Cooper in the sixth game against the San Francisco 49ers.

In Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons, he replaced Green in the third quarter at left tackle, who up to that point had allowed five sacks to defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Bell allowed one more sack, even though the Cowboys coaches were criticized for not adjusting their game plan to stop Clayborn.[7] Green would not recover from the debacle and did not play another snap for the rest of the year, with Bell starting the last 2 games at left tackle in place of an injured Tyron Smith. He was not re-signed after the season.

Green Bay Packers

On May 30, 2018, the Green Bay Packers signed Bell to a one-year, $1.6 million contract that included a $500,000 signing bonus.[8][9] He suffered a knee injury on December 2, 2018 during a 20–17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and was placed on injured reserve on December 12. Bell played in 12 games for the Packers in 2018, starting nine of those games. He did not commit a single penalty all season, and allowed only 1.5 sacks prior to the injury.[10]


  1. ^ Jones, Jonathan. "Challenge gets bigger for Panthers' Byron Bell". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Byron Bell – New Mexico, OT : 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Archived from the original on May 31, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Carolina Panthers: Byron Bell". Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Peterson, Joseph. "Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell taking a swing at the left side". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Dragon, Tyler. "Byron Bell dislocates ankle, will miss 2016 season". NFL. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Helman, David (March 24, 2017). "Cowboys Sign Veteran Offensive Tackle Byron Bell To One-Year Deal".
  7. ^ "Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn sets team record with 6 sacks". Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Packers sign T/G Byron Bell". May 30, 2018. Archived from the original on June 2, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Demovsky, Rob (June 1, 2018). "Better late than never for new Packers Marcedes Lewis, Byron Bell". Archived from the original on June 1, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Packers place starting guard Bell on IR, sign OL Siragusa". FOX Sports Wisconsin. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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2014 Carolina Panthers season

The 2014 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Ron Rivera.

The Panthers captured their second straight NFC South division title and qualified for the postseason for the first time in back-to-back years despite failing to improve on a 12–4 record and finishing with a losing record of 7–8–1. Additionally, they became the first team in NFC South history to have back to back division titles and also became the second team to win a division title with a sub-.500 record, the first team being the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card round, but lost to Seattle in the Divisional round.

2015 Tennessee Titans season

The 2015 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall and the 19th in the state of Tennessee. Second-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired on November 3 following a 1–6 start, and was replaced by tight ends coach Mike Mularkey on an interim basis. Despite slightly improving from their 2–14 season from the previous year, finishing with a 3–13 record (tied with the Cleveland Browns), they were statistically the worst team in the NFL for the season, thus earning the right to the top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, later trading it to the Los Angeles Rams.

2016 Tennessee Titans season

The 2016 season was the Tennessee Titans franchise's 47th in the National Football League and their 57th overall. It also marked the franchise's 20th season in the state of Tennessee as well as the first full season under head coach Mike Mularkey, who served as the team's interim head coach for the last nine games of the 2015 season.

The Titans tripled their win total from 2015 and achieved their first winning season since 2011. However, the team missed the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, the fifth longest current streak in the NFL—the Titans finished tied with the Houston Texans for the AFC South division title, but lost the tiebreaker due to record against divisional opponents (Texans 5–1 to the Titans' 2–4).

2017 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2017 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 58th season in the National Football League, the ninth playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the seventh full season under head coach Jason Garrett. It was also the 29th season under owner Jerry Jones.

For the first time since 2002, quarterback Tony Romo was not on the opening day roster, as he announced his retirement on April 4, 2017. The Cowboys failed to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons, as they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after a Week 16 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks.

2017 Tennessee Titans season

The 2017 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the 58th overall. It also marked the franchise's 21st season in the state of Tennessee as well as the second full season under head coach Mike Mularkey. They equaled their record from a year ago, and not only that, with a 15–10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17, they clinched their first playoff berth since 2008. In the first round, the Titans rallied from a 21–3 halftime deficit against the Chiefs to win 22–21, winning their first playoff game since 2003. However, they were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round by the score of 35–14. Despite making the playoffs and winning a playoff game, this would be Mularkey's final year coaching the Titans, as they parted ways after the season ended. This is also the last season where the Titans wore their uniform design since 1999.

2018 Green Bay Packers season

The 2018 season was the Green Bay Packers' 98th season in the National Football League, their 100th overall and their 13th and final season under head coach Mike McCarthy. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to injury, the Packers were aiming to improve their 7–9 record from last season but finished with a 6–9–1 record.

For the first time since 2007, Jordy Nelson did not play for the Packers as he signed with the Oakland Raiders via free agency during the offseason.

On January 7, 2018, Brian Gutekunst was named the new general manager, after Ted Thompson took over as the senior advisor to football operations.On December 2, 2018, after a 4–7–1 start, Mike McCarthy was fired hours after the Packer's Week 13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and Joe Philbin was named as the interim head coach. After a loss to the Chicago Bears in week 15, the Packers were eliminated from the postseason. This was the first time the Packers missed the postseason back to back years since 2005 to 2006, which were also the first two seasons of the Aaron Rodgers era and the beginning of the Rodgers/McCarthy era. This was also the first time the Packers suffered from back to back losing seasons since 1990 to 1991.

2019 Green Bay Packers season

The 2019 season will be the Green Bay Packers' upcoming 99th season in the National Football League, their 101st overall and their first under new head coach Matt LaFleur. After suffering back-to-back losing seasons in for the first time since 1990–91 and missing the playoffs back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2005–06, the Packers will look to improve on their 6–9–1 record from last year, and attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

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The Packers are the last of the "small town teams" which were common in the NFL during the league's early days of the 1920s and '30s. Founded in 1919 by Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, the franchise traces its lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay dating back to 1896. Between 1919 and 1920, the Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, before joining the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the forerunner of today's NFL, in 1921. Although Green Bay is by far the smallest major league professional sports market in North America, Forbes ranked the Packers as the world's 26th most valuable sports franchise in 2016, with a value of $2.35 billion.The Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, with nine pre–Super Bowl NFL titles and four Super Bowl victories. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League (AFL) prior to the AFL–NFL merger. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers' coach of the same name, who guided them to their first two Super Bowls. Their two subsequent Super Bowl wins came in 1996 and 2010.The Packers are long-standing adversaries of the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions, who today comprise the NFL's NFC North division, and were formerly members of the NFC Central Division. They have played over 100 games against each of those teams through history, and have a winning overall record against all of them, a distinction only shared with the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. The Bears–Packers rivalry is one of the oldest in NFL history, dating back to 1921.

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