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Joique Bell named Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Joique Bell, who’s a restricted free agent this offseason, rushed for 650 yards and had 547 receiving yards

Joique Bell bounced around from practice squad to practice squad before finally finding a place on the Lions active roster at the end of 2011.

Joique BellRB Joique Bell (Photo: Gavin Smith)

In 2012, he got a chance at real playing time and awarded the Lions with 414 rushing yards, 485 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

This season, Bell again played a huge role in the offense. He and Reggie Bush were 1A and 1B when it came to the backfield rotation and the pair became the first running back duo in NFL history to each have more than 500 rushing and receiving yards.

Bell finished with 650 rushing yards and 547 receiving, and eight touchdowns.

Those numbers earned him the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player Award, as voted by the Lions players.

The Chuck Hughes Award is presented to the player who, because of hard work and determination, showed significant development and improvement during the past year.

The award is given in memory of Chuck Hughes, a Lions’ reserve wide receiver who played two seasons with the Lions (1970-71); Hughes is the only NFL player to have died during action on a football field, having suffered a fatal heart attack during Detroit’s game against Chicago on October 24, 1971.

Bell is a restricted free agent this offseason, which means the Lions will likely tender him a restricted free agent offer to keep him.

Bell, 27, has made it known that he’d like to stay in Detroit.