RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets
|5-11, 207||Born: 10-27-1988||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 4|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Powell is the least healthy back on the Jets roster, and Matt Forte appears to be ready to resume his role as the closest thing the team has to a lead back. Powell isn't an essential hold in short bench leagues.
General News (Fri Oct 20): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 19): practiced fully on Thursday. Powell will be able to play in Week 7, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
General News (Wed Oct 18): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 7: at Miami Dolphins
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Jets on the season have largely struggled against the run with the exception of Bilal Powell's 163 yard game against the Jaguars earlier this season. Excluding that performance, the Jets are averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. Powell is questionable to play this week after missing last week's game due to a toe injury and if he would be unable to go it would leave this Jets rushing attack in the hands of Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire which would leave the Jets thin at the running back position as Forte has struggled out of the backfield even though he has been productive as a receiver. McGuire is a home run threat every time he touches the ball, but when those long runs do not come he has a hard time getting anything going. If Powell is active, it should help this offense as he is the most talented running back on this team, but how healthy will he be is another issue. The biggest issue with the stagnation of the Jets rushing game is that the offensive line has played incredibly poorly so far this season as Matt Bitonti increased the ranking of the Jets from 28th to 23rd due to Brandon Shell returning, but Shell is off to a slow start so far this season. The Dolphins strength is their run defense led by Ndamukong Suh and William Hayes on the defensive line while linebackers Rey Maualuga and Lawrence Timmons at linebacker are both great against the run. This is a team that is setup to take away your running attack and that is exactly what they have done so far this season holding opponents to just 3.5 yards per carry which ranks as the sixth-best in the NFL and 80.4 yards per game which ranks as the fourth best in the NFL. The first time these two teams met the Jets ran the ball 34 times but were able to have very little success against this defense averaging just 3.0 yards per carry last week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 5 vs CLE (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell suffered a calf injury in the first half and did not return. Powell, however, was on the sidelines, but the coaching staff opted to hold him out. Prior to the injury, Powell did not find much room as a runner, but was effective as a pass catcher. Powell had four grabs for 28 yards, serving as McCown safety blanket on check downs.
2017 Week 4 vs JAX (21 / 163 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter, Powell ripped off the longest touchdown run in 30 years. Taking a toss sweep, Powell ran untouched into the second level, slipped and fell. Jacksonville's defense gave up on the play, so Powell got up and sprinted away for a 75-yard touchdown. The touchdown was fluky, but it counts. Outside of this long touchdown run, Powell turned in a solid, workman-like performance. Working in tandem with rookie, Elijah McGuire, Powell ran hard between the tackles and served as a check down option. Powell did make one big mistake, slipping and falling on a designed screen pass that was intercepted, leading to Jacksonville's game-tying field goal. McGuire's play was impressive, but Powell finally saw volume like what he was given late last season.
2017 Week 3 vs MIA (15 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Due to positive game flow and an injury to Matt Forte, Bilal Powell saw his largest workload to date. The majority of Powell's workload came in the second half as New York nursed a double-digit lead. Powell was rewarded with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter that capped off a 7-play, 49-yard drive, giving New York a 17-0 lead. Once again, Powell played like New York's best back, and depending upon Forte's injury, may get more in coming weeks.
2017 Week 2 vs OAK (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell started the game, but did not receive starter touches. Matt Forte paced the backfield in yards, but rookie Elijah McGuire was surprisingly given more touches than Powell. Powell had a long-run of 5 yards, a run off left tackle where he waited for a hole to open before hitting and picking up the short gain.
2017 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell functioned as the clear back-up behind Matt Forte. In fact, Powell did not receive his first touch until four minutes before halftime. When his number was called, Powell showed decisiveness, finding the hole before putting his foot down and accelerating. As a receiver, Powell served a check down that was quickly met by Buffalo defenders. He had a scoring opportunity, but Powell was tackled on the 1-yard line after catching a quick dump off from McCown.
Latest NewsJets | Week 7 injury report for Jets (Fri Oct 20, 03:40 PM) - New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 7. DT Muhammad Wilkerson (foot, shoulder) did not practice and is listed as questionable. WR Robby Anderson (ankle), OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), OG James Carpenter (shoulder), DE Kony Ealy (shoulder), RB Matt Forte (knee, toe), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), RB Bilal Powell (calf), DE Leonard Williams (wrist) and OG Brian Winters (abdomen) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Jets | Bilal Powell not on injury list (Fri Oct 20, 03:21 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 7. link to story Jets | Bilal Powell will play in Week 7 (Thu Oct 19, 02:10 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 19, and will be able to play in Week 7, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Our View: Powell is probably the most effective Runner, but if he comes back and everyone is active this becomes a RBBC situation, which could ruin everybody's value.
link to story Jets | No practice for Bilal Powell (Wed Oct 18, 06:05 PM) - New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) was sidelined at practice Wednesday, Oct. 18. link to story Jets | Week 6 inactives for Jets (Sun Oct 15, 11:35 AM) - The New York Jets have declared RB Bilal Powell, QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, LB Freddie Bishop, C Jonotthan Harrison, TE Jordan Leggett, DE Obum Gwacham inactive for Week 6. More News
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