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RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

5-11, 207Born: 10-27-1988College: LouisvilleDrafted: Round 4, pick 2011

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Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 7 vs MIN (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Powell was actually fairly effective before he left with a neck injury in the second quarter. There has been no further information on the injury as of press time, so whether Powell will be out or not going forward -- and for how long -- is up in the air. Check Dr. Jene Bramel's columns for more this week.

2018 Week 6 vs IND (16 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Indianapolis Colts were determined to stop the Jets on the ground, and make the Jets beat them in the air. That didn't work out so well for them on a macro level, but they were able to bottle up the Jets backfield. Powell was once again the back with more carries, but he was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage and had a hard time gaining forward progress. He fought hard, though, and continues to show the ability to fighting for tough yards as well as breaking off the occasional long run, as he did early in the third quarter on a 16-yard run. Powell seemed to have more success going inside, as just about all of his longer runs came through the middle of the field, while he had more problems turning the corner.

2018 Week 5 vs DEN (20 / 99 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With a franchise record day set by another member of the backfield, it's easy to overlook Powell's efforts, especially as his day began with a fumble on the Jets' 19 yard line which led to a Broncos touchdown. Powell got back on the field though, and actually had more carries than Isaiah Crowell, along with a very respectable 5 yards per carry average. Powell showed some nice speed at times, and the ability to run hard to gain some extra yards.

2018 Week 4 vs JAX (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)

The Jets ran fourteen times all day, and just six times in the first half. Powell got twice as many carries as Isaiah Crowell, but that amounted to almost nothing on the day. Aside from a complete lack of commitment to the run even when the game was close, the offensive line did a poor job of run-blocking and Powell struggled as much as anyone with the situation. What he was able to contribute was several nice catches. Powell's ability to snag a throw -- even though rookie quarterback Sam Darnold overthrew him a couple of times -- makes him a more consistent tool than Crowell, which might be why the team is starting Powell the last two weeks.

2018 Week 3 vs CLE (14 / 73 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Every season it seems Bilal Powell gets notched as the number two running back but then finds ways to perform like he's the lead. Thursday night was another example of this, as Powell did more than Isaiah Crowell with two fewer carries, showing good vision to find the lanes, decent speed and the grit to push for a couple of extra yards when needed. Crowell got the two scores, but Powell saw more green to run on. Interestingly, Powell saw only one target compared to Crowell's three and didn't catch it.

2018 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)

Powell got the start but made very little headway against a tough defensive front. He was heavily used in the passing game, however, and was the sole player who found the end zone for the Jets with a 28-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Sam Darnold. Powell ran an intermediate route up the middle where Powell made the grab and then carried the ball the last ten yards for a score.

2018 Week 1 vs DET (12 / 60 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Powell started the game on six straight plays but had to leave with an eye issue. While Isaiah Crowell's numbers might make it tough to notice, Powell had a good day as well, averaging 5 yards per carry. He showed some good burst and the ability to run for tough yards as well. Powell and Crowell look like they are going to split carries, even when one has the hot hand, which Crowell seemed to.


Latest News

Jets | Tevin Coleman a target for NYJ? (Sat Feb 9, 09:18 PM) - Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent RB Tevin Coleman could be signed by the New York Jets to lead their backfield in 2019, according to Rich Cimini of

Our View: The Jets should be in the market for RB help via free agency. They may cut RB Isaiah Crowell and not pursue impending free-agent RB Bilal Powell. That leaves Eli McGuire and Trenton Cannon in their backfield to be change-of-pace backs. Coleman is an option, but we think C.J. Anderson might be on their list too.
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Jets | Bilal Powell expected to depart (Thu Feb 7, 01:26 AM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell's 'days with the Jets are probably over,' according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, who believes the team will turn to RB Elijah McGuire as their No. 2 back and allow Powell to sign elsewhere in free agency.

Our View: McGuire can be a no.2 back but the Jets need to find a starter. That may come through the draft in the mid rounds or they may make a move in free agency. New Jets head coach loves C.J. Anderson (Rams) and that may be an option this offseason.
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