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Bilal Powell | Running Back | #29

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 204
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (126) / NYJ
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Bilal Powell exited Week 7 against the Vikings with a neck injury and will not return.
Powell left early in the second quarter. Before exiting, he managed 20 yards on five carries and caught his lone target for a five-yard gain. With Powell out, it'll be all Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon in the backfield. Oct 21 - 2:34 PM

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Bilal Powell rushed 16 times for 59 yards and missed his lone target in the Jets' Week 6 win over the Colts.

Powell out-touched Isaiah Crowell 16 to 15 in what remains a near-even backfield, although Powell had multiple chunk-yardage gains negated by penalties. Powell does have double-digit touches in 6-of-6 games. He will be a low-end flex option when the Jets host the Vikings next.
Oct 14 - 4:56 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 20 times for 99 yards in the Jets' Week 5 win over Denver.

He out-touched Isaiah Crowell 20 to 16, although Crowell had a monster day with 231 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. The Jets remain committed to a near-even backfield committee. Powell will be a decent RB2/flex option when Gang Green draws a plus matchup at home versus Indianapolis next.
Oct 7 - 5:08 PM

Bilal Powell rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught 4-of-7 passes for 26 yards in Week 4 against the Jaguars.

Powell continued to start over Isaiah Crowell and finished with more touches. The Jets abandoned the run early, so there wasn't much of a chance for him to get going on the ground. Powell's pass-game role has made him more matchup-proof than Crowell through the first month of the season. He's a low-end FLEX for Week 5's matchup with the Broncos.
Sep 30 - 4:47 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 14 times for 73 yards in the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Browns.

Powell failed to corral his lone target in the passing game. Powell managed to out-rush Isaiah Crowell 73-34 on two fewer carries, though Crowell converted a pair of goal-line looks for scores. There just isn't much separation here right now. Powell will be the preferred play against the Jaguars' daunting defense in Week 4 as the Jets look to counteract the Jags' pass rush with short throws.
Sep 20 - 11:59 PM

Bilal Powell rushed five times for six yards, but caught 5-of-6 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' Week 2 loss to Miami.

Powell was out-touched 14 to 10 by Isaiah Crowell in this one, but Powell's superior versatility resulted in a far superior fantasy day. Crowell struggled as a rusher (12/35/0) and was targeted just three times in the passing game. In a near-even timeshare, both backs will be Week 3 flex options at Cleveland.
Sep 16 - 6:02 PM

Bilal Powell played 24-of-60 (40 percent) snaps Week 1 against the Lions.

Powell finished the game with 13 touches and 65 total yards. Isaiah Crowell also played 24 snaps and turned his 10 touches into 102 yards and two scores, although a 62-yard run buoyed those numbers. With the backfield looking like a clean split, neither Powell nor Crowell can be considered anything more than FLEX options.
Sep 11 - 11:39 AM

Bilal Powell rushed 12 times for 60 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for five yards in the Jets' Week 1 win over the Lions.

Powell got the start for the Jets, playing the first six snaps before ceding work to Isaiah Crowell, who answered in a big way with a 10-102-2 rushing line. The two figure to split work pretty evenly for much of the season, but Powell would seem to be the favorite anytime the Jets are chasing points. That wasn't the case tonight with New York winning by 31. Powell will be on the RB3/FLEX map next week in the home opener against the Dolphins.
Sep 10 - 11:21 PM

Bilal Powell started Friday's preseason game against the Giants, rushing 10 times for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Powell had the Jets' marathon, 11-play opening possession all to himself. Isaiah Crowell did check in for the second series. Powell ends the preseason having started back-to-back games, though Crowell was concussed for the first. Coach Todd Bowles told CBS' Ian Eagle he's planning to ride the "hot hand" this season. Even if the Jets' backfield is a fantasy headache, Powell is looking like an absolute steal at his current ADP of RB57.
Aug 24 - 10:28 PM

Bilal Powell rushed for five yards on six carries while adding one catch for seven yards Friday in the Jets' preseason opener against the Falcons.

Powell's longest carry went for just five yards. The 29-year-old played three series before handing the backfield reins to sixth-round rookie Trenton Cannon. Powell didn't accomplish much in his 13 snaps, though it's notable that he drew the start over free-agent signing Isaiah Crowell. Similar to last season when Powell shared reps with Matt Forte, the Jets figure to employ a backfield committee in 2018.
Aug 10 - 8:35 PM

The New York Post expects Bilal Powell's touches to "drop dramatically" this season.

Powell set career highs in carries (178) and yards (722) last year with Matt Forte battling knee issues. His workload is going to regress after the Jets signed Isaiah Crowell, who's never missed a game in his career. Eli McGuire's third-down role is also a concern for Powell's 2018 outlook.
Jul 11 - 5:44 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the Jets view Bilal Powell as a "complementary back."

Cimini went on to say he believes that Powell will continue to share the workload with either Elijah McGuire or someone else they bring in. Despite Matt Forte likely to be cut, it doesn't look like Powell's workload will increase much if at all. His receiving upside leaves him in play as a late pick in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Feb 18 - 5:24 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 13 times for 46 yards while catching one pass for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Patriots.

In a timeshare that was sometimes split three ways, Powell still managed to post career-highs in rushing yards (772), rushing attempts (178) and rushing scores (five) over the 2017 season. Where the timeshare and offensive scheme change hurt Powell was in the receiving department. After posting 47 and 58 receptions in each of the past two seasons, Powell managed to snag just 23 passes for 170 yards in the passing game. The 29-year old back is still affordably under contract for one more season and could enter the 2018 season was the team’s starting running back if they move on from veteran Matt Forte this offseason without spending significant draft capital at the position. Powell will enter the offseason as RB3 on the fantasy radar as even if he is the starter in 2018, Powell will very likely share reps with Elijah McGuire or another back since he’s never reached 200 carries in a season.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:26:00 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 19 times for 145 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Chargers.

Powell's highlight was a 57-yard run where he got outside behind a convoy of blockers for a touchdown. After fading for most of the last two months, this was one of Powell's better games. Powell failed to catch his only target, with Matt Forte remaining the preferred option on pass downs. He'll be a FLEX play against the Patriots in the season finale.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:29:00 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 13 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

Following a nice drive in which he basically carried the Jets down the field, Powell looked like he was going to get vultured by Matt Forte at the goal line. Forte was stuffed at the one, however, and Powell was able to skip away from a tackler in the backfield and get the corner for a two-yard score. That drive ended up being the highlight of his day, and Powell was held under 50 total yards for the fifth game in a row. With Forte and Elijah McGuire healthy, Powell will be just a risky FLEX option next week against the Chargers.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 06:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Darnold
2Josh McCown
RB1Bilal Powell
2Isaiah Crowell
3Trenton Cannon
4Elijah McGuire
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Isaiah Crowell
WR11Robby Anderson
2Charone Peake
WR21Quincy Enunwa
2Jermaine Kearse
3Andre Roberts
WR31Jermaine Kearse
TE1Eric Tomlinson
2Jordan Leggett
3Neal Sterling
4Chris Herndon
LT1Kelvin Beachum
LG1James Carpenter
C1Spencer Long
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
RT1Brandon Shell
2Brent Qvale
K1Jason Myers