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Bilal Powell | Running Back | #29

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 204
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (126) / NYJ
Contract: view contract details

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Bilal Powell played 18-of-56 snaps Week 2 against the Raiders.
It was nine fewer than Matt Forte and just seven more than Elijah McGuire. In a timeshare on the worst offense in the league, Powell cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups right now, and he is a drop candidate in shallow leagues. Sep 18 - 10:03 AM

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Bilal Powell rushed six times for 13 yards and failed to catch his two targets against the Raiders in Week 2.

Not good. Powell played just 17 snaps, which trailed Matt Forte's 28 and only led Elijah McGuire by five. Powell is coming off a rough 41-yard game in Week 1, so his arrow is trending down. Powell's fantasy owners should hang tight unless someone like Chris Carson is available, but there's almost no way he could be started in the lowly Jets offense.
Sep 17 - 8:08 PM

Bilal Powell (ribs) is practicing in full for Week 1 against Buffalo.

Powel missed some training camp time, but he'll be out there Sunday despite being listed on the injury report.
Sep 6 - 5:34 PM

Bilal Powell rushed seven times for 32 yards and caught four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' third preseason game.

Powell saw only one snap before taking over for Matt Forte in the two-minute offense. He played deep into the second half, with his highlight an 85-yard receiving touchdown. Powell has carried his strong 2016 finish into the preseason with 181 total yards and a touchdown in two appearances, but there's some concern with his role now that Forte's healthy. Owners that are bullish on Powell can use his strong play to justify his sixth-round ADP .
Aug 26 - 10:12 PM

Bilal Powell rushed nine times for 32 yards in the Jets' second preseason game, adding two catches for 14 yards.

Powell was the only Jet who looked like he belonged on the field against the Lions' first-team defense. His two receptions were literally the Jets' only completions of the first half. Despairing stuff. Nevertheless, it's the kind of three-down role Powell proved capable of down the stretch in 2016. With an aging-out Matt Forte sitting out the summer, Powell should be ticketed for big early workloads. It might not produce the desired fantasy numbers in what's looking like a once-in-a-century bad offense, but Powell should be a factor in both standard and PPR.
Aug 19 - 9:48 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.

Powell sat out last week's preseason opener with a neck injury but resumed practicing on Tuesday and should work with the first-team offense on Saturday night. Matt Forte (hamstring), Lorenzo Mauldin (back), Daniel Williams (concussion) and Marquess Wilson (hip) have all been ruled out for Gang Green.
Aug 18 - 1:26 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) resumed practicing on Tuesday.

Powell participated in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. He missed roughly a week and a half of action. He could see a series or two in the Jets' second preseason game on Saturday. Matt Forte (hamstring) remains sidelined. Powell is the touch favorite in the tanking Jets' 2017 backfield.
Aug 15 - 3:27 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) remains sidelined at Jets camp.

No details on the injury have been provided, but it kept Powell out of most practices last week and the Jets' preseason opener. If healthy, Powell has a chance to gobble up targets in New York's barely-there pass-catcher corps.
Aug 14 - 3:37 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) will be held out of the Jets' preseason opener on Saturday.

Powell has been sidelined or limited in practice this week. The team is undecided about Matt Forte's (hamstring) status for Saturday. It's hard to envision him suiting up. Neither injury is serious, but camp has gotten off to about as poor a start as possible -- or perhaps as good -- for the tanking Jets.
Aug 10 - 4:01 PM

Jets RBs coach Stump Mitchell said at minicamp the team's plan is to use "both" Bilal Powell and Matt Forte.

Mitchell added Powell would be a "Pro Bowler" if he ever got a chance at feature back work. Matt Forte's presence on the Jets' roster is nonsensical as they embrace full-on tank mode. We wouldn't be entirely surprised if Forte were released later in the offseason, especially if Powell and rookie Elijah McGuire show well. Either way, Powell is the favorite for touches.
Jun 13 - 3:28 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jets OC John Morton said he's planning to use a backfield-by-committee in 2017.

Morton said it will vary week to week whether Bilal Powell or Matt Forte takes the lead. Morton is mostly just confirming the obvious, but it's our strong suspicion that Powell will lead in touches more often than not. He was the far more dynamic player in 2016, making plays on all three downs. Now 31, Forte has lost a step or three. It could be a frustrating situation, but Powell is definitely the preferred own.
May 23 - 1:19 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini expects Bilal Powell to be the Jets' lead back this season.

We saw this shift to Powell starting to take place late last season when Forte was dealing with various injuries. And with the Jets now in full-blown rebuild mode, they may as well let the 28-year-old Powell see what he can do with a full season's worth of work. Forte broke down by midseason last year and is entering his age-32 year. At this stage, Powell offers more as both a runner and pass catcher and can play all three downs. He's looking like an RB2 with upside.
May 8 - 10:01 AM

Bilal Powell rushed 22 times for 122 yards while catching three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown on three targets Sunday in the Jets' Week 17 win over the Bills.

Powell was clearly New York's best back this year, though it took the Jets until late in the season to figure that out. He averaged a robust 138 yards from scrimmage over his final four games while filling in for veteran Matt Forte. Powell is capable of being a three-down back, though it’s unclear if he’ll ever get that opportunity in New York with Forte still hogging most of the early-down work. It looks like those two will be headed for another 50/50 split in 2017. Obviously Powell warrants more attention in PPR formats than in standard leagues.
Jan 1 - 4:17 PM

Bilal Powell (illness) is active for Week 17 against the Bills.

So is Robby Anderson (hamstring). Powell didn't practice this week but with no one else to turn to at running back, he'll tough it out and play through his illness. There's some risk here but Powell should see enough volume to warrant RB2 consideration. Matt Forte, OL Donald Hawkins, LB Randell Johnson, Brandon Marshall, CB Nick Marshall, LB Lorenzo Mauldin, DL Steve McLendon and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins round out the Jets' inactives for Week 17.
Jan 1 - 11:43 AM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini expects Bilal Powell (illness, knee) to "try to play" against the Bills.

Cimini also expects Brandon Marshall (hip/shoulder) to "try to play." The Jets have no incentive to push their veterans to play in a meaningless game, so Powell and/or Marshall could be pulled quickly if they deal with any soreness or aggravations early on. Even in a great matchup where he seemingly has workhorse potential, Powell is an extremely risky Week 17 fantasy investment.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 03:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Bryce Petty
3Christian Hackenberg
RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
3Elijah McGuire
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
WR11Robby Anderson
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chad Hansen
4Jalin Marshall
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2ArDarius Stewart
3Charone Peake
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Jordan Leggett
2Eric Tomlinson
3Neal Sterling
4Austin Seferian-Jenkins
LT1Kelvin Beachum
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Brent Qvale
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brandon Shell
K1Chandler Catanzaro