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Bilal Powell | Running Back | #29

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 hauled in 6-of-7 targets for 41 yards and rushed four times for 30 yards in the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.
With the Jets in comeback mode in the second half, Powell saw plenty of targets down the stretch and actually ended up leading the team in catches and receiving yards. He was more involved on third downs and in obvious passing situations this week, but Matt Forte remains the clear lead back. Powell is just a handcuff at this point. Sep 25 - 7:49 PM

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Bilal Powell rushed once for two yards in New York's Week 2 win over the Bills, "adding" a one-yard reception.

Through two games, Powell has been out-touched 59-8 by Matt Forte. Powell's pass-catching role is looking much smaller than expected, taking him off the PPR radar as an RB3. Powell is a high-upside handcuff in the Jets' high-octane, pass-happy offense, but lacks standalone fantasy value for the time being.
Sep 16 - 12:27 AM

Bilal Powell rushed four times for 41 yards and caught 2-of-4 targets for seven yards in the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Bengals.

Powell took a clear backseat to Matt Forte, who logged true workhorse usage with 27 touches. Powell mixed in sparingly in third-down situations and was severely out-snapped by the Jets' starter. Still, if the Jets are going to keep leaning so heavily on Forte, the chances he breaks down will increase. Powell remains a recommended hold in 12- and 14-team fantasy leagues.
Sep 11 - 4:38 PM

Bilal Powell rushed four times for 18 yards in Saturday's preseason game, catching 3-of-3 targets for 16 yards.

Powell got two touches on the Jets' opening series, but the first quarter mostly belonged to Matt Forte in his preseason debut. Forte finished with 12 touches to Powell's seven. That ratio could be similar during the regular season. Powell finishes August with 11 carries for 54 yards and three grabs for 16. He's an RB4/5 who would be a lot more valuable were Forte to go down with injury.
Aug 27 - 10:29 PM

Bilal Powell rushed three times for 23 yards against the Redskins Friday night.

He failed to haul in his only target. Powell got the start with Matt Forte still working his way back from a hamstring injury and was the only spark for a Jets offense which spent most of the first half stuck in the mud. Powell took a big step forward last year, and he has carried that form into training camp. Even with Forte in the fold, Powell should have a big role.
Aug 19 - 9:02 PM

The New York Post's Brian Costello believes Bilal Powell will see "major touches" this season.

Powell was heavily involved when healthy last year, but new lead back Matt Forte has a much more similar skill set to Powell's than former backfield mate Chris Ivory. Even so, Costello believes OC Chan Gailey "will figure out a way" to keep Powell involved. He might not see the 10.6 touches a game he managed last season, but Powell should remain an important part of the offense. With Khiry Robinson a threat to his short-yardage work as well, Forte is being significantly overvalued in fantasy drafts.
Jul 7 - 12:28 PM

Bilal Powell's three-year deal with the Jets is worth $11.25 million with $6 million guaranteed.

That's only a little less than Matt Forte's getting. Powell missed some time with an ankle injury last season but was a great complement to early-down power-runner Chris Ivory when healthy. He should form a similar tandem with Forte. That leaves Khiry Robinson to fight for scraps.
Mar 10 - 8:14 PM

Jets re-signed RB Bilal Powell.

The numbers are not yet available, but ESPN's Rich Cimini reports Powell was fielding offers of $4 million per year. With Matt Forte coming to town, it will be interesting to see how the work is divvied up in New York. Forte is a true three-down back with some of the best receiving skills in the game, but Powell is primarily a receiving option as well. Powell turned 117 touches into 701 total yards and three touchdowns last season.
Mar 10 - 12:32 PM

The New York Daily News reports free agent Bilal Powell has drawn interest from the Patriots, Cowboys, and Ravens.

The Daily News' Manish Mehta confirms the Jets also want to retain Powell. A versatile back -- but not a feature runner -- Powell would be prudent to sign with the highest bidder entering his age-28 campaign. The Patriots would be an especially intriguing landing spot for Powell with Dion Lewis coming off a torn ACL and James White probably on the roster bubble for 2016.
Mar 8 - 10:52 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reports coach Todd Bowles is a "fan" of impending free agent RB Bilal Powell.

Powell racked up 701 total yards and three touchdowns in just 11 games last season and looked more explosive than he has at any point in his career. A good fit in OC Chan Gailey's scheme, it would not be surprising if the Jets decided to bring back Powell instead of free agent power back Chris Ivory, who is likely to be more expensive anyway. Cimini believes the Bills and Dolphins would be interested in Powell should he hit the open market.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 9:06 AM

Bilal Powell (ankle) is inactive for Week 17 at Buffalo.

Chris Ivory should be a near-every-down back, with Stevan Ridley spelling him. The rest of the Jets' Week 17 inactives are QB Bryce Petty, OL Dakota Dozier, CB Dee Milliner, S Dion Bailey, LB Taiwan Jones, and LB Josh Martin.
Jan 3 - 11:32 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reports there is "not much optimism" Bilal Powell (ankle, questionable) will be able to play Week 17 against the Bills.

Powell will attempt to warm up before the game, but that will be difficult in the freezing temperatures in Buffalo. Chris Ivory should handle the lion's share of the work with Powell sidelined, and he rumbled for 135 total yards in his last meeting with the Bills. Ivory is a great value play for DFS.
Jan 3 - 11:09 AM

Bilal Powell (ankle) is questionable for Week 17 against the Bills, but he's not expected to play.

He hasn't practiced at all this week, and the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta calls Powell a "long shot" to play against the Bills. If he misses, Chris Ivory will get most of the reps, while the Jets lean on their passing game.
Jan 1 - 1:00 PM

Bilal Powell (ankle) remained sidelined Thursday.

The Jets are believed to simply be managing Powell's reps, but obviously he needs to return to at least a limited session on Friday. Out-playing Chris Ivory for the better part of a month, Powell has RB2 appeal for Week 17.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 01:33:00 PM

Bilal Powell (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Powell has battled the ankle for the past couple months. He should be fine for Week 17 against the Bills. Powell has out-touched Chris Ivory in 3-of-4 games and will likely be leaned on with everything on the line Sunday.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Geno Smith
3Bryce Petty
4Christian Hackenberg
RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3Troymaine Pope
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Quincy Enunwa
3Charone Peake
4Jeremy Ross
5Devin Smith
WR21Eric Decker
2Robby Anderson
3Jalin Marshall
4Myles White
WR31Quincy Enunwa
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Kellen Davis
3Brandon Bostick
LT1Ryan Clady
2Brandon Shell
LG1James Carpenter
C1Nick Mangold
2Wesley Johnson
RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brent Qvale
3Breno Giacomini
K1Nick Folk