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RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

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

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17 vs BUF 43 22 122 0 3 3 15 1 0 19.7

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2016 Week 17 vs BUF (22 / 122 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)

With Matt Forte on injured reserve, Bilal Powell was once again the 'bellcow' running back and delivered a strong performance for the fourth straight week. Powell displayed great vision and routinely found cutback lanes for chunk yardage. Powell had a long run of 25 yards where he found a cutback lane and run unimpeded into the second level. As a receiver, Powell caught the first touchdown pass of the game, a short two-yard strike. Powell ran into the flat and caught a quick strike from Fitzpatrick and ran unimpeded into the end zone. Both Powell and Forte have two years remaining on their contracts.

2016 Week 16 vs NE (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell was given his second straight start and played well, but another negative game script limited his upside as a runner. When given carries, Powell ran with a low pad level, ran through arm tackles, and displayed good vision to find cutback lanes when needed. Matt Forte was deemed inactive, so Khiry Robinson functioned as his back-up and spelled him in throughout the game.

2016 Week 15 vs MIA (16 / 84 / 0 rush, 12 / 11 / 78 / 0 rec)

Prior to the game, the New York Jets named Bilal Powell their starting running backóand he delivered a career-best performance. Powell continued to show good burst and great vision for the second straight week. Powell ran angry and found soft spots in zone coverage when deployed as a receiver. As a ball carrier, Powell ran hard between the tackles and showed good leg churn when met by enemy tacklers. When cutback lane appeared, Powell would hit them yardage and run unimpeded into Miami's second level. As we saw last week in San Francisco, Powell continued to gain chunk yardage on designed runs to the left side of the formation. Granted, Miami and San Francisco have two of the worst run defenses in the NFL, but Powell's effort and production cannot be understated. As a receiver, Powell was peppered with check-downs from a seemingly overmatched Bryce Petty. Powell hauled in eight of his 11 catches in the first half, showing that a negative game script did not boost his receiving output. While New York's season is clearly over, these games mean a lot to Powell, so expect him to give an elite effort in Weeks 16 and 17.

2016 Week 14 vs SF (29 / 145 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, allowing Powell to assume lead back duties. Throughout the season, Powell has shown good burst and vision in limited plays, but when given a full complement of snaps, Powell looked like the best back in New York. Granted, San Francisco's run defense has been terrible, but Powell was dynamic as a runner and as a receiver. Throughout the game, Powell displayed speed, power and above average burst when asked to run outside of the tackles. Of note, Powell repeatedly punished San Francisco when running off left tackle. When met by enemy defenders, Powell would drive through arm tackles with power and determination. In fact, Powell, at times would 'pinball' off enemy defenders to gain extra yardage. Powell scored two touchdowns, a 5-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter and 19-yard game winner in overtime. On both runs, Powell simply wanted it more than the defenders did. On the five-yard run, Powell displayed low pad level to drive through three arm tackles before corkscrewing his body into the end zone. In overtime, Powell saw a big gap off left tackle, hit it yard and drove through a gang of tacklers and into the end zone. The severity of Forte's injury is unknown, but New York's backfield will be in good hands with Powell.

2016 Week 13 vs IND (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell only had one carry for three yards. He wasn't involved in the gameplan at all, yet castoff, CJ Spiller received four touches in the game and played on special teams.

2016 Week 12 vs NE (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell looked more explosive than his backfield counterpart, Matt Forte, but neither back found much room to run. Powell had a long run of seven yards off left tackle.

2016 Week 10 vs LA (4 / 37 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 52 / 1 rec)

Another week, another sold performance by Bilal Powell. Spelling Forte throughout the game, Powell was featured as a runner off-tackle and as a receiver in the flats. As a runner, Powell showed some burst and explosiveness on designed draw plays. Of note, Powell had a long run of 17 yards where he showed patience by stepping up his blocks before putting his foot in the ground and exploding into the second level. Given the conservative gameplan called with Petty under center, Powell was featured as a receiver on throws into the flats and wheel routes. Powell was involved on New York's only touchdown play, a hook-and-ladder play where Brandon Marshall made the initial reception and flipped the ball to Powell who ran it into the end zone from five yards out.

2016 Week 9 vs MIA (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Another week, another sold performance by Bilal Powell. Spelling Forte throughout the game, Powell was featured as a runner off-tackle and as a receiver in the flats. Powell had a long catch-and-run of 15 yards on a designed screen in the middle of the field. As a runner, Powell did not find much room to run inside, but when he got to the edge, he made linebackers miss for three, four yard gains.

2016 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 76 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

As the season progresses, Bilal Powell has been given more opportunities to produce. In the first half, Powell proved that he is deserving of more touches. Fitzpatrick audibled out a designed pass play to Brandon Marshall and handed it off to Powell, who rumbled 35 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. Cleveland was showing a two-deep safety look and Fitzpatrick made the right decision to audible. Powell received a few great blocks on the outside, namely from Quincy Enunwa, and rumbled down the left sideline for the long touchdown run. Outside of the touchdown run, Powell saw opportunities on third down and made several key runs. On a 3rd-and-14 play, Powell took a delayed handoff off left tackle and picked up 15 yards to preserve the drive. Powell is running with a lot of toughness and determination whenever he gets the ball.

2016 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was utilized in true workhorse fashion as a runner and as a receiver, leaving few opportunities for Powell. When given opportunities, Powell produced. Powell had a long run of nine yards, running hard off of left tackle for a first down. The score was fairly close for the majority of the game, which negated his role as a pass catcher.

2016 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Given the negative game script, Powell saw additional snaps as a runner and as a receiver. Powell was deployed on wheel routes out of the backfield and found some success in one-on-one situations against linebackers. Powell has had some success in recent weeks, but it's been largely due to playing against relaxed defense fronts when his team was trailing by 10+ points.

2016 Week 5 vs PIT (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

Taking advantage of Pittsburgh's zone coverage on third downs, Bilal Powell found success on short dump-off passes out of the backfield. New York's offensive found itself in a lot of 3rd and long situations, which backed up Pittsburgh's linebackers and gave Powell run after the catch opportunities. Powell's final state line once again looks a little better than Forte's, but negative game script gave him more opportunities.

2016 Week 4 vs SEA (4 / 26 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)

Taking advantage of Seattle's zone coverage on third downs, Bilal Powell found success on short dump-off passes out of the backfield. New York's offensive found itself in a lot of 3rd and long situations, which backed up Seattle's linebackers and gave Powell run after the catch opportunities. Powell's final stat line looks better than Forte's, but he was able to take advantage of relaxed defensive fronts as Seattle did not view him as a dynamic play-making threat.

2016 Week 3 vs KC (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

After two relatively non-existent weeks of game action, Bilal Powell led the team in catches and receiving yards in Week 3. With New York in 'catch-up mode' for the majority of the second half, Powell caught check down passes, set-up screens, and generated yards after the catch. Powell also uncharacteristically fumbled in the first half, which has been a rarity in his career. Matt Forte was the clear lead back, but Powell had a role as New York tried to move the ball downfield late in the game.

2016 Week 2 vs BUF (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Given Forte's workload, Powell only saw three opportunities as a ball carrier/receiver. Powell was used sparingly as a receiver on third downs, but when asked to pass block, he was able to pick up blitzing defenders.† Forte's sizeable workload is unsustainable over a 16-game season, so expect Powell to receive more work in the following weeks.

2016 Week 1 vs CIN (4 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Fans that were expecting to see more opportunities came away disappointed, but when given touches, he produced. Powell was the clear back-up to Forte and only received six touches compared to 28 touches for Forte. When given the ball, however, Powell made plays. In the third quarter, Powell took designed handoff on a draw play for 16 yards and a first down. Powell was also utilized as a receiver, catching two short dump off passes for minimal gains.


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