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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
Contract: view contract details

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Bilal Powell managed 30 yards on 10 carries and caught 1-of-2 targets for six yards in the Jets' Week 10 loss to the Bucs.
He was out-touched 12 to 11 by Elijah McGuire in a game where the Jets got nothing going offensively before Robby Anderson's 38-yard touchdown catch in what amounted to garbage time. Powell was one of this week's highest-owned DFS plays, and busted as the Jets went with a near-equal RBBC instead of employing Powell as a lead back. The Jets go on their bye in Week 11. Matt Forte's (knee) status is uncertain for Week 12. Nov 12 - 4:50 PM

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Bilal Powell rushed nine times for 74 yards in the Jets' Week 9 rout of the Bills.

Powell carried the ball on the Jets' first snap, but was once again in a timeshare with Matt Forte. Powell's elder teammate out-touched him 18-9, and played more than twice as many snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The rushing yards were Powell's second most of the season, but Forte's refusal to go away will make Powell a low-end FLEX for Week 10 against the Bucs.
Nov 2 - 11:49 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 14 times for 33 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 28 yards in the Jets' Week 8 loss to the Falcons.

Powell and Matt Forte played the same number of snaps (29), but Powell won the battle in touches 17 to 10. The Jets' running game simply never got going, so neither paid off as Week 8 flex options. In an even timeshare, both Powell and Forte will be low-end flex plays when the Jets host the Bills in Week 9.
Oct 29 - 5:21 PM

Bilal Powell spanned 43 yards on nine carries while adding two catches for 40 yards Sunday in the Jets’ Week 7 loss to the Dolphins.

Powell came bursting out of the gates with a 31-yard catch-and-run on New York’s first play from scrimmage. He saw more carries than backfield mate Matt Forte (9-7) but Forte was more involved in the passing game with five catches for 41 yards. Notably, Powell got the first crack at goal-line work following a Jay Cutler interception, but he was stuffed for no gain. Powell didn’t get another chance from that distance as Josh McCown kept it himself for a one-yard touchdown on the following play. With Forte eating into his workload, Powell will merely be a flex option against the Falcons in Week 8.
Oct 22 - 6:14 PM

Bilal Powell (calf) wasn't listed on the Jets' final injury report for Week 7 against the Dolphins.

Robby Anderson (ankle) and Matt Forte (knee, toe) were also removed from the injury report. With New York employing a three-man backfield, Powell, Forte and Elijah McGuire will all be risky fantasy plays against Miami.
Oct 20 - 3:09 PM

Updating an earlier report, Bilal Powell (calf) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

He's been cleared to play Sunday against the Dolphins after sitting out one game with a strained calf. Powell should lead the Jets' backfield committee but faces workload concerns with Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire still occupying important roles. All three are risky fantasy bets.
Oct 19 - 2:07 PM

Bilal Powell (calf) did not practice Thursday.

It is his second missed practice in a row, making it highly unlikely he returns this week. Matt Forte will once again handle the load against the Dolphins.
Oct 19 - 11:35 AM

Bilal Powell (calf) did not practice Wednesday.

Powell stretched with the team but didn't do much of anything after that. It's a similar situation to last week for Powell, who ended up sitting Week 6. In his absence, Matt Forte totaled 81 yards on 17 touches, while Elijah McGuire filled change-up duties. It could be the same thing this week in Miami.
Oct 18 - 3:46 PM

Jets declared RB Bilal Powell, QB Christian Hackenberg, LB Freddie Bishop, LB Obum Gwacham, C Jonnothan Harrison, CB Derrick Jones and TE Jordan Leggett inactive for Week 6 against the Patriots.

Powell is week-to-week with a strained calf. Elijah McGuire and Matt Forte, who is back after a two-week bout with turf toe, will lead the backfield in Powell's absence. Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, toe) is active despite not practicing this week.
Oct 15 - 11:37 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bilal Powell (questionable, calf) will not play Week 6 against the Patriots.

Coach Todd Bowles called Bowles a game-time decision on Friday but realistically, there was never any chance of him playing after missing a full week of practice with a strained calf. Elijah McGuire is expected to lead the Jets backfield against New England, though Matt Forte's return from turf toe limits his upside.
Oct 15 - 7:54 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Bilal Powell (questionable, calf) will be a game-time decision against the Patriots in Week 6.

Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, toe) will also be a game-time call. It would muddy the waters for Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire if Powell were to play, though that still seems unlikely. Players almost never suit up after missing a full week of practice. Dealing with a strained calf, Powell has a much better chance of returning against the Dolphins in Week 7.
Oct 13 - 1:28 PM

Bilal Powell (calf) is questionable for Week 6 against the Patriots.

Powell didn't practice on Friday, making that three missed practices in a row. He's highly unlikely to be out there Sunday. With Matt Forte (toe) back, it'll the Elijah McGuire and Forte as the one-two punch in the backfield.
Oct 13 - 12:49 PM

Bilal Powell (calf) is not practicing Thursday.

At this point, it would be a surprise if Powell is able to suit up against the Patriots. Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire should handle the backfield work this week.
Oct 12 - 11:36 AM

Bilal Powell (calf) is not practicing Wednesday.

But Matt Forte (toe) did have his helmet on, so it could be Forte and Elijah McGuire this week against the Patriots if Powell is unable to suit up on Sunday at home.
Oct 11 - 1:18 PM

Bilal Powell is day to day with a strained calf.

Powell sat out the second half of Sunday's win over the Browns. His workload was smaller than expected even before going down. The Jets don't seem to be huge fans even though Powell has gone bonkers every time he's been spotted legitimate three-down usage. Powell should be considered truly questionable for this week's game against the Patriots. The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta believes Powell will be "severely limited" if he plays this week.
Oct 9 - 3:34 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
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2ArDarius Stewart
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Eric Tomlinson
3Jordan Leggett
LT1Kelvin Beachum
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
RT1Brandon Shell
2Brent Qvale
K1Chandler Catanzaro