IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago

Coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that he expects Powell to make a full recovery from neck surgery and resume his playing career, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bowles indicated Powell's impending procedure would be similar to the one wideout Quincy Enunwa required in August 2017 to address a bulging disc. Using Enunwa's recovery timeline as a template, Powell would require around 10-to-12 months before gaining clearance for full contact, potentially leaving the possibility open for the veteran running back to be ready for the start of the 2019 season. While Bowles' comments offer some reassurance about Powell's long-term outlook, the soon-to-be 30-year-old may still struggle to find work when he becomes a free agent this spring.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago

Powell requires neck surgery to address a bulging disc, an injury that could be career-ending, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brutal news for Powell, who the Jets placed on IR earlier Wednesday. In his absence, Isaiah Crowell is slated to head the team's backfield, with Trenton Cannon on hand to work in a chance-of-pace role. Additionally, Elijah McGuire (foot) could also factor in once he's eligible to return from IR in Week 9.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago1 Comment

The Jets placed Powell (neck) on injured reserve Wednesday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Powell sustained the neck injury in the first half of Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Vikings and wasn't able to return. The Jets didn't offer much of an update on Powell's outlook following the contest, but his move to injured reserve just a few days later implies the issue was a serious concern. Powell is technically eligible to return from IR prior to Week 16, but even if he's fully healthy two months down the road, it seems more likely the Jets will use their remaining designated-to-return spot on a player who can contribute earlier in the second half. The Jets have already reserved one of those spots for fellow running back Elijah McGuire (foot), who has resumed practicing and is eligible to return beginning in Week 9. Until McGuire is back in the fold, rookie Trenton Cannon should benefit from an increased role as the Jets' top change-of-pace option behind early down grinder Isaiah Crowell.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago1 Comment

Powell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Vikings with a neck injury.

EDGE Analysis

He won't return to the game. Prior to his exit, Powell carried five times for 20 yards and caught one pass for five yards. Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon are on handle to handle the Jets' backfield duties in Powell's absence.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago

Powell headed to the locker room during Sunday's game against the Vikings with an unspecified injury, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

We'll look for added context with regard to his injury, but as long as Powell is sidelined, Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon will be in line for added touches in the Jets' backfield.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago

Powell ran for 59 yards on 16 carries during Sunday's 42-34 win over Indianapolis.

EDGE Analysis

The Jets' rush offense collectively took a step back coming off of a monster game against Denver. The unit figures to get the tougher of the two tests against Minnesota's defense on Sunday. The Vikings are averaging a solid 4.0 yards per opponent rush, but have looked lost at times in the pass game. Powell, for what it is worth, offers more than running mate Isaiah Crowell as a receiver.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago

Powell rushed for 99 yards on 20 rushes during Sunday's 34-16 win over Denver. He fumbled during the contest.

EDGE Analysis

After an early Powell fumble set Denver up with a game-opening score, Powell and -- particularly teammate

Isaiah Crowell -- proceeded to slash and dash the Broncos -- running through whopping holes and taking it to tacklers. The formula for the Jets has been to pound the ball and take shots offensively. To that end, Powell has a few more carries (59 to 57) than Crowell, but over 100 fewer yards. He's a tough start on Sunday against a Colts team in the top half of the league in opponent yards per carry.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
2 months ago

Powell rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught four of seven targets for 26 more in Sunday's 31-12 loss to Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

Powell got 12 touches to Isaiah Crowell's five, but that distribution was to be expected with New York playing from behind for most of the afternoon. This was a tough matchup for the entire offense, and Powell was no exception. Establishing the run will be key for the Jets in Week 5 to slow down Denver's pass rush, so expect both Crowell and Powell to be involved in that contest.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
3 months ago

Powell rushed five times for six yards and caught five of six targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

Powell scored New York's only touchdown with a 28-yard reception on the first possession of the second half. Isaiah Crowell got most of the touches on the ground with 35 yards on 12 carries, but Powell had the superior overall performance thanks to his receiving ability. It looks like Powell will see the majority of reps in passing situations, making him the smarter fantasy play when New York's expected to fall behind.

IRBilal Powell
RB NYJ (11)
3 months ago

Powell rushed a team-high 12 times for 60 yards and caught one of his two targets for five yards in Monday night's 48-17 win over the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Powell's final totals paled in comparison to backfield mate Isaiah Crowell's 10 rushes for 102 yards and two scores, but the veteran still held his own as usual. Along with leading the Jets in carries despite splitting snaps, Powell averaged an impressive five yards per rush and, unlike Crowell, was used in the passing game, albeit sparingly. All in all, it was solid season opener for Powell in terms of usage and production, but he was outshone by his new tailback teammate.