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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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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

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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

Bilal Powell (illness, knee) is questionable for Week 17 against the Bills.

Expect Powell to play through the sickness. With Matt Forte out again, it'll be all Powell for the Jets, and he should again flirt with 20-25 touches as an RB2.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Bilal Powell missed Thursday's practice with an illness.

He was listed with a knee injury on Wednesday. Powell's status for Week 17 is up in the air. With Matt Forte (knee) still injured, the Jets' backfield has become embarrassingly thin. If Powell can't go this week, we could see Brandon Wilds and Brandon Burks splitting carries against Buffalo. The Jets are an absolute mess.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:30:00 PM

Bilal Powell (knee) did not practice Thursday.

Matt Forte was not on the practice field, either. It looks like both players could sit this week, leaving the Jets with undrafted rookies Brandon Wilds and Brandon Burks along with perhaps a free agent signing to lead the backfield. Unless Powell somehow makes it back in time, this will be a situation to avoid in Week 17.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Bilal Powell (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Matt Forte also didn't practice Wednesday. It's still early in the week, but if both Powell and Forte sit out the meaningless Week 17 game against the Bills, Brandon Wilds and Brandon Burks would be the only healthy running backs.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Bilal Powell (undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday.

The Jets do not have to release an injury report until Wednesday, so his status will not be known until then. Powell did sit out the final drive against the Patriots, but he was not announced with an injury. This is most likely just a rest day after three big workloads in a row.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 15 times for 60 yards and caught two-of-three targets for 14 yards Saturday in the Jets' Week 16 loss to the Patriots.

Coming off a 162-yard masterpiece in Week 15 (and an even better game the week before that), Powell was mostly held in check against New England. Almost all of his carries came in the first half when the game was still somewhat competitive. After snagging 11 catches a week earlier, Powell had surprisingly little impact as a receiver. With the game out of reach, Powell sat out the Jets’ final drive while rookie Brandon Wilds got his feet wet. Powell should be the workhorse again next week with Matt Forte battling multiple injuries. That will be a home game against Buffalo.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:39:00 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 16 times for 84 yards and caught 11 passes for 78 yards in Week 15 against Miami.

Matt Forte (knee) was active, but played limited snaps. Powell was the only bright spot in the Jets offense. He was peppered with check downs from an overmatched Bryce Petty, who completed just nine passes outside of dumpoffs to him. Powell has looked good the last two weeks, but he's also played the two worst run defenses in the league. He's on the Week 15 FLEX radar regardless of Forte's health.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 11:55:00 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini expects Bilal Powell to get "most of the work" over Matt Forte (knee) even if Forte plays Saturday night.

Forte missed Wednesday's practice and admitted he is dealing with a torn meniscus, but said he planned to play through it. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, and Jets coach Todd Bowles called Forte a game-time decision. While Forte's activity would diminish confidence in Powell as a fantasy play, it remains likely that Powell out-touches Forte against the Dolphins.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 02:47:00 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 29 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns and caught 5-of-5 targets for 34 yards in the Jets' Week 14 win over the 49ers.

As Matt Forte bowed out with a knee injury after just three carries, Powell took over as the Jets' workhorse and gashed the leaky 49ers run defense for chunk-yardage gains before sealing the win in overtime with a 19-yard scoring sprint. Forte's status for Week 15 against the Dolphins is uncertain at best. If Forte can't go, expect the versatile Powell to be a popular DFS play.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Christian Hackenberg
3Bryce Petty
RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
3Elijah McGuire
4Jordan Todman
5Brandon Wilds
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
FB1Julian Howsare
2Anthony Firkser
WR11Quincy Enunwa
2ArDarius Stewart
3Jalin Marshall
4KD Cannon
5Marquess Wilson
WR21Robby Anderson
2Charone Peake
3Chad Hansen
4Chris Harper
5Frankie Hammond
WR31ArDarius Stewart
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Jordan Leggett
3Eric Tomlinson
4Brian Parker
5Jason Vander Laan
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Brandon Shell
3Javarius Leamon
4Chris Bordelon
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
3Ben Braden
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
3Alex Balducci
RG1Brian Winters
2Craig Watts
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brent Qvale
3Jeff Adams
K1Chandler Catanzaro
2Ross Martin