New Patriots tight end Jaheim Bell reflects on game against BC last season

Back on September 16, 2023, new Patriots and former Florida State tight end Jaheim Bell got some bad info.

Bell – a Florida native – had never been as far north as Boston when the Seminoles and Eagles played in the Red Bandana game on national television. So, when someone told him it was going to be cold (I mean, I know it’s New England, but no chance it’s below 50 during the second week of September), he layered up.

It didn’t matter though, as Bell had five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown in the pulse-pounding 31-29 game that the No. 6 team in the country at the time took back to Tallahassee.

“I remember coming down and getting ready for that game. I really didn’t know what to expect. I had never been this far,” he said after the team wrapped up the second and final day of rookie minicamp on Saturday afternoon.

“You know, I’m from Florida, so everybody knows how that goes. It was fun to be here. I thought it was going to be cold. They said it was going to be cold. I came out with long sleeves on, ski mask, so they were saying it was going to be colder than it really was. I actually had to come out of all of that. So, it was fun.”

With winds blowing and a chill in the air on Saturday, Bell admitted he’s not used to the weather here, but will do anything he can to adjust as quickly as possible.

“Today, it started off a little cold,” said Bell. “I was telling all the coaches, ‘I’m from Florida, man. You know it’s hot down there,’ so anything under 60 I’m going long sleeve/sweatpants. I’m from Florida…I gotta stay warm.”

The snow will be a whole other challenge for the new weapon on offense.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m going to have to come up with a plan,” he added with a laugh.