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Bilal Powell | Running Back

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 204
College: Louisville
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ESPN New York's Rich Cimini projects Bilal Powell as the Jets' No. 2 running back to begin training camp.
Chris Ivory is the starter, and Stevan Ridley's (ACL) health status is unknown. Cimini lists Ivory, Powell, and Zac Stacy as the Jets' top-three backs. Powell is a mediocre talent, but the Jets worked aggressively to retain him after hiring OC Chan Gailey, and Powell is the best passing-down back on the team. Powell has a chance to carve out deeper-league PPR value this year. Jun 23 - 10:37 PM

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ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini considers Bilal Powell the favorite for third-down duties.

It would be an upset if Powell didn't win the job. None of the other backs on the roster have shown much as pass catchers or pass protectors in the past, with Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, and Zac Stacy all profiling as early-down, between-the-tackles runners. Those three figure to be competing for early-down duties.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 2:47 PM

Jets re-signed RB Bilal Powell to a one-year contract.

A replacement-level back going on age 27, Powell can pass protect and has sure hands but adds very little as a runner, averaging 3.90 yards per carry in his career. The Jets shouldn't stop adding talent at running back. They could use a home run hitter to complement inside bruiser Chris Ivory.
Mar 10 - 11:30 AM

The Buffalo News reports the Bills are "going after" free agent RB Bilal Powell.

The New York Daily News has reported the interest is mutual. With Fred Jackson reportedly staying put for 2015, Powell's addition would mean curtains for Bryce Brown's time in Buffalo.
Mar 9 - 4:26 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets believe free agent Bilal Powell is "leaning toward" a reunion with Rex Ryan in Buffalo.

Powell would back up LeSean McCoy with the Bills, potentially putting Fred Jackson on the chopping block. The Jets have wanted to keep Powell, but they wouldn't lose much with him leaving. They are expected to pursue C.J. Spiller.
Mar 8 - 1:59 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini says the Jets' priority is to re-sign Bilal Powell over free agent C.J. Spiller.

The Jets were believed to be going hard after Spiller based on his Chan Gailey ties, so it's surprising to hear Powell holds more importance. Powell is expected to command between $1.6 million and $2 million per year. He's drawn favorable comparisons to Packers chain-moving backup James Starks.
Mar 3 - 9:32 AM

According to ESPN New York, free agent RB Bilal Powell is "generating buzz in league circles."

Jets beat man Rich Cimini "spoke to coaches from two teams that described Powell as an underrated talent who will draw interest on the open market." In four seasons since the Jets took him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, Powell has averaged just 3.90 YPC and scored six touchdowns on 332 carries. But he's a plus in the pass game, as both a protector and receiver. Powell will find a role somewhere.
Feb 20 - 8:47 AM

Bilal Powell rushed once for no gain in the Jets' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Powell was in and out of the lineup this season, mostly operating as the Jets' pass-protection specialist behind Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson. 26-year-old Powell finished the season with 33 carries for 141 yards and 11 receptions. He is an impending free agent and will draw scant interest on the open market as a limited-talent role player.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:53:00 PM

Jets declared RB Bilal Powell, QB Matt Simms, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, LB I.K. Enemkpali, and OL Wesley Johnson inactive for Week 12 against the Bills.

With Powell inactive, Chris Johnson may be tasked with an uptick in passing-down touches and snaps. Powell is the Jets' best pass protector. He is down for this game due to an illness.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 05:43:00 PM

Bilal Powell (foot) is listed as probable for Week 8.

Powell practiced in full throughout the week. He'll be the Jets' No. 3 running back against the Bills.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Bilal Powell suffered a foot injury in New York's Week 7 loss to the Patriots.

Powell went down in the second half, and did not return. He had two touches for 19 yards before departing, and took two snaps out of the wild cat. One was a rush, the other a handoff to Chris Johnson. The Jets' No. 3 running back has touched the ball just 17 times this season.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:34:00 AM

Bilal Powell rushed for 13 yards on two carries and caught two passes for six yards in the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Bears.

Powell didn't see much, if any, action until the final drive when the Jets were in pass-first mode. He has no fantasy value as the distant No. 3 back.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 12:40:00 AM

Bilal Powell rushed four times for 16 yards and caught two passes for 32 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss at Green Bay.

Powell continues to handle himself well as the No. 3 man and part-time third-down back behind Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory. He'll need an injury in front to gain fantasy relevance.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 08:36:00 PM

Bilal Powell is expected to battle Daryl Richardson for the Jets' No. 3 tailback job in training camp.

Powell's snaps will be scaled back heavily from last year, when he operated as a committee member and passing-down back alongside Chris Ivory. The Jets claimed Richardson off waivers and signed Chris Johnson, putting Powell on the bubble. The 25-year-old is averaging 3.86 YPC through three NFL seasons.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 02:36:00 PM

Bilal Powell had 21 carries for 76 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Powell saw limited playing time in the first quarter, but got the majority of touches in the second half with Chris Ivory dealing with an undisclosed injury. He averaged just 3.6 YPC despite his 21 carries and wasn't a factor out of the backfield, adding just one catch for negative-four yards. Powell's season ends with 212 touches, 969 total yards, and one touchdown. Under contract through 2014, Powell should remain the Jets' primary passing down back.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Geno Smith
2Ryan Fitzpatrick
3Bryce Petty
4Jake Heaps
RB1Chris Ivory
2Stevan Ridley
3Bilal Powell
4Zac Stacy
5Daryl Richardson
GLB1Chris Ivory
2Stevan Ridley
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Stevan Ridley
FB1Tommy Bohanon
2J.C. Copeland
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chris Owusu
4Shaq Evans
5Quincy Enunwa
WR21Eric Decker
2Devin Smith
3DeVier Posey
4T.J. Graham
5Saalim Hakim
WR31Devin Smith
TE1Jace Amaro
2Jeff Cumberland
3Kellen Davis
4Steve Maneri
5Wes Saxton
K1Nick Folk
2Andrew Furney