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.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ May 15 '79

With Chris Ivory (hamstring) out, Bilal Powell played every down with the Jets' first-team offense in Saturday night's scrimmage.

"[Powell] did run the ball hard," coach Rex Ryan said. "Now, obviously with the opportunity he's been given, he's really taken the reins." Powell toted the rock six times for 41 yards against the Jets' first-team defense. Ivory hasn't practiced since coming up lame on the first day of training camp, and he's always been injury-prone. The Jets would like Ivory to win the starting job, but he can't if he's sitting on the trainer's table. Powell is an ordinary back, but he can pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield. He's worth an add in deeper leagues.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ May 11 '791 Comment

ESPN New York is projecting Bilal Powell as the Jets' No. 2 running back.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Apr 06 '79

ESPN New York believes Bilal Powell will have to "find a niche" to keep his roster spot.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Mar 22 '79

The Jets are giving Bilal Powell an opportunity to push Mike Goodson for the third-down back job.

Goodson is the heavy favorite, with beat writer Rich Cimini noting he shows "a burst whenever he gets the ball in his hands." Powell, on the other hand, is painfully sluggish as a runner. He's merely competing for a roster spot.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Oct 10 '78

Bilal Powell rushed 12 times for 56 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards in the Jets' Week 17 loss to Buffalo.

Powell made obvious strides in his second NFL season, but not nearly enough to indicate he's capable of becoming a foundation running back in New York. The 24-year-old finished with 437 yards and four touchdowns on 110 carries (3.97 YPC) while chipping in 17 receptions. Powell was unable to overtake fellow plodder Shonn Greene for the Jets' starting job. Ideally, Powell would return to New York in 2013 as a No. 2 or No. 3 running back. He can play in the passing game and on special teams, but lacks explosive running ability.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Oct 04 '78

Bilal Powell finished with -3 yards rushing on three carries in New York's Week 16 loss to the Chargers, but added four catches for 37 yards.

Powell lost yards on both of his first-quarter totes, and didn't carry the ball again until the fourth quarter. He was out-touched 16-7 by Shonn Greene. Although Powell has flashed signs of usefulness this season, he'd be unlikely to be installed as the Jets' feature back if impending free agent Greene walks.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Sep 28 '78

Bilal Powell rushed for 28 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 15 yards in Week 15 against the Titans.

Powell was held under double-digit touches for the first time since Week 10, and it came one week after he toted the rock 19 times in Jacksonville. He played primarily on passing downs and lost some work in that area to Joe McKnight, who received four carries. Powell battled a toe injury during the week, so that may explain his limited usage. He'll be a poor flex play option for Week 16 against the Chargers' No. 7 run defense.