Blake Bell
Bell with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017
No. 81     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-08-07) August 7, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 117
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2015 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     30
Receiving yards     357
Receiving touchdowns     0

Blake M. Bell (born August 7, 1991) is an American football tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma, where he received the nickname Belldozer, a play on words with his last name and bulldozer due to his large frame and running style.[1] He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Bell attended Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas. He played football for Bishop Carroll. As a senior in 2009, he threw for 2,752 yards with 32 touchdowns. He was ranked as the sixth best pro-style quarterback recruit by[2]

Bell was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 43rd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign with the team.[3][4]

College careerEdit

Bell was redshirted in 2010. In 2011, he was the backup quarterback to Landry Jones, but appeared in the Sooners jumbo package, leading to 44 rushing attempts for 171 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a passer, he completed one of four passes for eight yards and an interception. He was the MVP of the 2011 Insight Bowl after rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries with three touchdowns.[5] He was again the backup to Jones in 2012 and used in the jumbo package. He rushed for 201 yards on 60 attempts with 11 touchdowns and completed 9-of-16 passes for 107 yards.

In the spring of 2014, Bell moved to tight end after the emergence of redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.

Professional careerEdit

On December 19, 2015, it was announced that Oklahoma's Blake Bell, Adam Shead, and Aaron Ripkowski had all accepted their invitations to play in the 2015 East–West Shrine Game.[6] He raised his draft stock after being impressive during Shrine Game practices.[7] On January 17, 2015, Bell played in the East–West Shrine Game and was a part of Jim Zorn's West team that was routed by the East 19-3.[8] Bell was one of 19 collegiate tight ends to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He had a mediocre performance at the combine, finishing last among tight ends in the bench press and fifth among tight ends in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, and vertical jump. His best performance was in the short shuttle and long shuttle where he finished second among his position group.[9] On March 11, 2015, Bell opted to participate at Oklahoma's pro day, but stood on his combine number and only performed positional drills for scouts and team representatives from all 32 NFL teams.[10] Due to limited experience and a thin draft class at tight end, multiple NFL draft experts and analysts projected Bell to be a fifth round draft pick. He was ranked the ninth best tight end prospect in the draft by[11]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 6 in 252 lb 4.80 s 1.73 s 2.85 s 4.32 s 6.85 s 33 in 9 ft 8 in 14 rep

San Francisco 49ersEdit


The San Francisco 49ers selected Bell in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the fifth tight end selected in 2015.[13] On May 11, 2015, the 49ers signed him to a four-year, $2.78 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $505,132.[14]

Throughout training camp, Bell faced stiff competition for a roster spot against Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Xavier Grimble, Derek Carrier, Asante Cleveland, and Rory Anderson.[15] Head coach Jim Tomsula named him the fourth tight end on the depth chart to begin his rookie season, behind Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, and Garrett Celek.[16]

He made his professional regular season debut in the San Francisco 49ers' season-opening 20-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The following week, he made.his first career reception off a four-yard pass by quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the third quarter of a 43-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.[17] On October 11, 2015, he earned his first career start after Vernon Davis was inactive due to a knee injury.[18] Bell finished the 30-27 loss at the New York Giants with one reception for six-yards. He was a healthy scratch in Weeks 7-8. On November 29, 2015, Bell caught three passes for a season-high 67-yards during a 19-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He saw increased snaps in the Cardinals' game after Garrett Celek left the game due to an ankle injury.[19][20] The next week, he had a season-high four receptions for 43-yards during a 24-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished his only season under offensive coordinator Geep Chryst with a total of 15 receptions for 186 receiving yards.[21]


Bell competed to maintain a roster spot under new head coach Chip Kelly, competing against Garrett Celek, Bruce Miller, Rory Anderson, and Je'Ron Hamm. He was named the second tight end on the 49ers' depth chart behind Vance McDonald.[22]

On December 18, 2016, Bell caught one reception for a season-high 45 yards during a 41-13 loss at the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately, he left the first half of the game after suffering a shoulder injury and was placed on injured reserve the following day.[23] He finished the 2016 season with only four receptions for 85 receiving yards in 13 games and zero games.[24]


He competed for a roster spot under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, going up against George Kittle, Logan Paulsen, and Cole Hikutini.[25] On September 2, 2017, the San Francisco 49ers waived Bell.[26]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

On September 3, 2017, Bell was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.[27] He began the season as the third tight end on the roster, behind Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan II.[28]

He made his Minnesota Vikings' debut in their season-opening 29-19 victory over the New Orleans Saints. On October 1, 2017, he earned his first start with the Vikings and caught a 12-yard pass from quarterback Case Keenum during Minnesota's 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions.[29] On December 10, 2017, Bell scored his first NFL points, catching a two-point conversion during a 31-24 loss against the Carolina Panthers.[30] On December 15, 2017, the Minnesota Vikings placed Bell on injured/reserve after he suffered a shoulder injury.[31]

On September 1, 2018, Bell was waived by the Vikings.[32]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Bell signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 16, 2018.[33]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On April 2, 2019, Bell signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[34]

Personal lifeEdit

Bell is the son of former Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts player Mark Bell. His uncle, Mike Bell, also played for the Kansas City Chiefs.


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  32. "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Initial 53-Man Roster". September 1, 2018.
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