Bilal Powell RB NYJ Sep 05 '12

The Daily News confirms that Bilal Powell has beaten out Joe McKnight for the third-down back job.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Aug 27 '12

Bilal Powell was once again used as the first-string third-down back in Sunday's preseason game.

Powell has the job locked up, but he has just one catch through three preseason games. The Jets are asking him to protect the passer on third downs, not leak out of the backfield. Powell hasn't been able to siphon any early-down work from starter Shonn Greene yet.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Aug 12 '12

Jets RB Bilal Powell was in the game for all four of the starting offense's third downs in Friday's preseason opener.

It's a clear sign that Powell is leading Joe McKnight in the race for third-down duties. McKnight was the more productive of the two, but work primarily with the second-team offense, while also seeing action with the third string. If he hangs on to the job, Powell will be a deep sleeper in PPR formats.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Aug 07 '12

Bilal Powell has often looked like "the best back on the field" in Jets camp.

Coach Rex Ryan has been singling out Powell for praise on a semi-daily basis. "At the rate he's going, it would be a surprise if he doesn't leap-frog Joe McKnight on the depth chart," says beat writer Rich Cimini. We're just as anxious to see if Powell eats into Shonn Greene's workload as the season goes along.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Aug 02 '12

Bilal Powell is "having a nice camp, even getting some reps with the first team," according to ESPN New York.

Shonn Greene is in no danger of losing the Week 1 starting job, but Powell could be nipping at his heals if he reprises his early-season struggles from a year ago. In the meantime, Powell has a pass-protection edge on Joe McKnight in the battle for third-down duties. Coach Rex Ryan suggested Powell's rookie-season struggles are part of a start-slow/finish-strong pattern going back to Louisville.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jul 30 '12

Jets RB Bilal Powell is reportedly in the mix for third-down work.

Powell didn't impress us as a rookie in 2011, showing little burst and fumbling once in the two games he appeared in. We highly doubt he'll work his way past Joe McKnight for third-down duties, even if he is a better pass-protector.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Jan 01 '12

Jets declared RB Bilal Powell QB Kevin O'Connell, OLB Ricky Sapp, DT Martin Tevaseu, S Gerald Alexander, LB Garrett McIntyre, and OT Austin Howard inactive for Week 17 against the Dolphins.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Nov 22 '11

Jets RB Bilal Powell missed Tuesday's workout due to an illness.

With Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson sidelined for most of last week's loss to Denver, Powell got eight touches. He managed just 18 total yards and fumbled near the goal line. The rookie will likely be inactive this week if Greene and Tomlinson suit up.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Nov 18 '11

Bilal Powell was held to 11 yards on seven carries and seven yards on one reception against the Broncos in Week 11.

An inauspicious NFL debut for the fourth-rounder. Though it was a small sample size, Powell showed no burst whatsoever and failed to hit holes. He was bailed out on a goal-line fumble when LG Matt Slausen fell on the ball for a touchdown. Don't bother picking up Powell in redraft formats.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Nov 11 '11

Rookie RB Bilal Powell has yet to dress for a game this season.

Powell is well behind Joe McKnight in the backfield pecking order. Coach Rex Ryan mentioned the fourth-rounder as a potential injury replacement on kickoff returns, but that's a longshot. McKnight (toe) will attempt to practice Friday, with Antonio Cromartie as the primary fallback option.