Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jun 30 '79

Bilal Powell (illness) returned to practice Thursday.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jun 29 '793 Comments

Bilal Powell (illness) missed Jets practice Wednesday.

It's not a concern. Powell is a borderline flex play this week against the Bills. He offers minimal upside. Powell has 77 yards rushing and one touchdown on 25 carries through two weeks. He and Chris Ivory are in a timeshare.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jun 24 '79

Bilal Powell got the start in New York's Week 2 loss to the Patriots, rushing 13 times for 48 yards and a touchdown.

He added two catches for 22 yards. Powell got New York's opening series to himself, but rotated with Chris Ivory thereafter. Ivory looked like the better pure runner, hammering out 52 angry yards on 12 carries, but neither player separated from the other. Powell remains the Jets' exclusive third-down back, and got the Jets' only goal-line carry, which he executed for a touchdown on a read-option play. The duo is doomed for another timeshare in Week 3 against the Bills, making each a low-end FLEX play.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jun 20 '791 Comment

Bilal Powell rushed 12 times for 29 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards in the Jets' Week 1 win over Tampa Bay.

He saw 16 touches to Chris Ivory's ten. Powell, at least for the moment, is the Jets' lead back in a two-man committee and passing-down specialist. Because he lacks heavy workloads and big-play ability, and the Jets' offense isn't going to be very good, Powell has very limited appeal in fantasy football.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jun 15 '79

Coach Rex Ryan says Bilal Powell "earned the right to start" Sunday's opener against the Bucs.

Ryan said Chris Ivory will get "substantial work." Ivory missed too much training camp and preseason action to get a firm grip on the starting job. However, as long as he stays healthy, his far superior talent should have no trouble uprooting Powell sooner rather than later. Expect Ivory to handle much of the early-down work this week, while Powell "starts" and works in on passing downs.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jun 14 '796 Comments

Bilal Powell is listed as the starting running back on the Jets' Week 1 depth chart, with Chris Ivory at No. 2.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jun 09 '79

ESPN New York reports Bilal Powell has been struggling to catch the ball out of the backfield and in pass protection.

Beat writer Rich Cimini is handing the third-down job to Mike Goodson once he returns from his four-game suspension. The Jets need someone to fill the role while he's out. Powell's "had a couple of drops and pass-protection issues." Cimini thinks Gang Green could look to ex-Jet Leon Washington to fill the role if he ends up getting cut by the Patriots. Powell has minimal upside and isn't worth a roster spot in standard 10- and 12-team leagues.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ May 29 '79

Jets RB Bilal Powell rushed for 68 yards on seven carries and caught a five-yard pass in Saturday night's preseason game.

Powell remains a replacement-level talent, but he looks to have dropped some weight and is exhibiting slightly more burst than last season. He also padded his stats with an untouched 37-yard run against a brutal Jaguars defense while being used often to take direct snaps in a Wildcat formation. The Jets may open the year using Chris Ivory and more versatile Powell in a timeshare. Through two preseason games, Powell has 82 yards on 16 carries (5.13 YPC) and three catches.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ May 21 '79

Jets RB Bilal Powell rushed nine times for 14 yards and caught two passes for one yard in Friday night's preseason opener.

A crisp 1.36 yards-per-touch average. If this is the Jets' Week 1 tailback (it won't be), they're in a world of trouble. Powell is a plodding runner who needs big-time blocking to gain yards. He was listed first on New York's initial camp depth chart, but Chris Ivory will take the job when he gets healthy.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ May 16 '79

Bilal Powell is listed as the No. 1 tailback on the Jets' initial training camp depthc chart.

For some perspective on the worthlessness of these pre-preseason depth charts, the Packers listed DuJuan Harris as their starting running back and he hasn't even practiced in training camp. Powell will be overtaken quickly once Chris Ivory's hamstring heals up. Powell offers some versatility, but is a plodding, third-string caliber back with zero big-play ability. The Jets didn't trade a fourth-round pick for Ivory to sit him behind Bilal Powell.