Bilal Powell RB NYJ Oct 01 '122 Comments

Bilal Powell played on 32-of-53 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Shonn Greene saw just 18 snaps. Obviously, the count is skewed because the Jets fell behind 17-0 after three quarters and Powell is the passing-down back. But Powell is going to keep putting pressure on the starter simply because Greene has been consistently ineffective. It's a "hands off" backfield for a Week 5 matchup with the Texans.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Sep 26 '126 Comments

Bilal Powell played on 44 percent of the snaps in the Jets' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

Compare that with 61 percent for Shonn Greene, who is averaging 2.8 yards per carry with a long of 14 yards this season. Although Greene will continue to start, coach Rex Ryan is finally admitting that a committee approach may be coming. Regardless, this entire backfield is hands off against the 49ers' rugged run defense in Week 4.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Sep 16 '12

Bilal Powell rushed nine times for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

He was held without a catch. Powell racked up 10 more yards than starter Shonn Greene on two fewer carries, but still wasn't terribly impressive, gaining more than three yards just four times. He out-touched Joe McKnight 9-to-1, however, and is clearly New York's No. 2 back. For now, however, that doesn't translate into fantasy value.

Bilal Powell RB NYJ Sep 06 '12

Coach Rex Ryan said there's "no clear cut" No. 2 running back behind Shonn Greene.

Bilal Powell has won the third-down job, but a Joe McKnight isn't out of the picture just yet. If Greene were to go down, Powell would act as the pounder and McKnight as the change-of-pace option in a committee-style attack.

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.