RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets
|5-11, 207||Born: 10-27-1988||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 4|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 16 vs NE (7 / 56 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell has been a fixture in this offense since the 2011 season---and he's playing arguably his best football of his career. Known for his solid pass blocking ability and pedestrian receiving ability, Powell has totally transformed his skill set and redefined himself as a runner. Powell started the game and looked explosive on his first few runs. Powell showed patience and discipline behind his blockers, allowing holes to open before accelerating through them. On a few designed draw plays, Powell looked like he was shot out of a cannon, accelerating through arm tackles before racing into the secondary. As a pass catcher, Powell displayed impressive pass game chops, setting up his blocks before running for first downs. As an impending free agent, Powell may have played his last home game at MetLife Stadium--and it's a performance that fans will not forget.
2015 Week 15 vs DAL (6 / 25 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 54 / 0 rec)
Week after week, Bilal Powell is getting stronger and more decisive as a runner and pass catcher. New York's offensive line had trouble in power running plays, giving Powell opportunities to make plays on the perimeter. Powell caught a season-high seven passes as he had no problem beating line backers in coverage. Powell also some early down and red zone work as Chan Gailey opted to rotate his two top backs. Powell re-affirmed Gailey's decision by exploding off right tackle for a 12-yard touchdown during the first quarter. This was one play where New York had success running power to the right side of the formation. Powell displayed his vision and decisiveness by making one cut before accelerating into the end zone.
2015 Week 14 vs TEN (3 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)
Bilal Powell turned in another strong performance, compiling 82 total yards and a touchdown. Powell saw nearly all of the third down work and had problem beating linebackers in one-on-one coverage. During the second quarter, Fitzpatrick set-up a quick screen in the red zone and Powell turned it into a 16-yard touchdown scrambler. Credit Powell for finding running room, but acknowledge he benefitted from some atrocious tackling Tennessee defenders. As a ball carrier, Powell was able to find running room against Tennessee's generous run defense. Powell provides the lightning to Ivory's thunder, which gives New York's offense a valuable ingredient.
2015 Week 13 vs NYG (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 13 / 8 / 91 / 1 rec)
While Fitzpatrick, Marshall, and Decker stole the headlines, Bilal Powell was the unsung hero of this victory. The Giants were able to generate a pass rush throughout the game, so Powell was asked to step in and chip defenders while also serve as Fitzpatrick's safety valve. Powell, not Ivory, was Fitzpatrick's check down option, sneaking out into the flat and making plays when given opportunities. During the second quarter, a screen in the middle of the field was set-up for Powell--and he turned it into a 25-yard touchdown scamper. Credit the offense line for a few key blocks, but Powell's open field moves helped propel him into the end zone. While his pass catching ability is a nice bonus, Powell's passing blocking ability cannot be undermined--it was one of the contributing factor's to the Jets' victory.
2015 Week 12 vs MIA (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell spelled Chris Ivory throughout the game and caught a few passes on third downs. New York's controlled the clock and the game flow for nearly the entire game, so his opportunities were somewhat limited.
2015 Week 11 vs HOU (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Playing in his first game since Week 6, Bilal Powell re-took his role as New York's passing down running back. Powell, however, racked up the majority of his yardage during garbage time. Powell served as Fitzpatrick's preferred check down option and found some room to run against Houston's zone coverage. Powell had an impressive 25-yard catch-and-run where he evaded the first defender, cut across the field, and accelerated into the open field.
2015 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell played limited snaps during the first quarter and left during the second quarter with an ankle injury. Zac Stacy assumed Powell's role after Powell left the game.
2015 Week 4 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
With Ivory back from injury, Bilal Powell was relegated to third-down work. Powell caught one pass for twelve yards, but left during the second quarter with a groin injury.
2015 Week 3 vs PHI (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell started in place of the injured Chris Ivory and was utilized as a true 'bell cow' running back. New York, however, fell into an early double digit hole, relegating Powell to a one-dimension, passing game role. Powell primarily served as a check down option for Fitzpatrick, catching short dump off passes for minimal gains. Powell was able to get what was blocked, but does not possess open field moves to rip off big gains. New York's offensive line had some trouble against Philadelphia's front seven which didn't make matters easier for him.
2015 Week 2 vs IND (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell saw 16 touches in this game as he split duties with Chris Ivory against the underrated Colts front seven. The screen passes were largely ineffective all night though Powell did have 4 catches for 16 yards. Powell was stuffed at the line of scrimmage by Vonte Davis, who was injured on the play, in the first half on one of these screen passes. Powell boasted a meager 3.16 yards per carry in this game but was dependable for the Jets. He nearly lost his first fumble of his Jets career in the 4th quarter but they would recover. The very next play Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Powell for a 9-yard gain and first down in the slot. Later on the drive he would break his longest run of the night breaking a few tackles for 23 yards to the left side of the field.
2015 Week 1 vs CLE (12 / 62 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Powell played on some third downs during the first three quarters, but didn't receive early down work until late in the fourth quarter. Powell had a few impressive runs against Cleveland's second stringers, which included a 21-yard burst off right tackle. Ivory is the clear 'early down' bellcow for this offense, but Powell is a good pass blocker and e respective pass catcher.
Latest NewsJets | New York has questions at running back (Mon Feb 1, 04:41 PM) - New York Jets impending free-agent RBs Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley will all be unrestricted free agents this offseason if they are not re-signed. Our View: The Jets won't have enough money to keep them all--if any. Powell seems to be a favorite of the coaching staff, and he might be the easiest to re-sign.
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