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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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Bilal Powell left the Jets' Week 4 game against the Dolphins with a groin injury and is questionable to return.
Powell had one catch for 12 yards before exiting. Zac Stacy took the field on a third and long, suggesting he'll be the passing-down back if Powell is unable to return. Chris Ivory has dominated New York's backfield work so far with 16 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. Oct 4 - 11:04 AM

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Bilal Powell rushed 10 times for 31 yards and caught 7-of-8 targets for 44 yards in the Jets' Week 3 loss to Philadelphia.

Powell got the start with Chris Ivory nursing groin and quad injuries. The Jets fell behind 24-0 late in the first half, so Powell was relegated to passing-game work for the final two quarters. He wound up paying fantasy dividends in PPR leagues by piling up late-game checkdowns from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Powell will be an RB2/flex option when the Jets take on the Dolphins in London next Sunday morning. If Ivory can't play in the game, Powell's value will rise. He was utilized as a true feature back against Philadelphia.
Sep 27 - 4:52 PM

Bilal Powell rushed 12 times for 38 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 16 yards in the Jets' Week 2 win over the Colts on Monday night.

With Chris Ivory (groin) a bit banged up, he and Powell pretty evenly rotated throughout the game. Powell will get what's blocked and has a soft pair of hands, but he's not a legitimate fantasy option outside of really deep leagues.
Sep 22 - 12:05 AM

Bilal Powell rushed 12 times for 62 yards in Week 1 against the Browns.

With Zac Stacy a healthy scratch, Powell was the only active running back behind Chris Ivory. He played on third downs and in the Jets two-minute offense, with most of his production coming on a 21-yard run on the final drive. Powell is Ivory's handcuff until Stevan Ridley (knee) returns.
Sep 13 - 5:04 PM

Bilal Powell rushed five times for 27 yards and caught three passes for nine yards against the Falcons Friday night.

Powell saw snaps with the first-team offense in passing situations, but he did most of his damage after the ones left the game. Powell is clearly ahead of Zac Stacy on the depth chart and should serve as the passing-down complement to Chris Ivory. Powell has 71 total yards through two preseason games.
Aug 21 - 10:29 PM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Geno Smith
3Bryce Petty
RB1Chris Ivory
2Bilal Powell
3Zac Stacy
4Stevan Ridley
GLB1Chris Ivory
2Zac Stacy
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Chris Ivory
FB1Tommy Bohanon
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Quincy Enunwa
3Devin Smith
WR21Eric Decker
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chris Owusu
WR31Quincy Enunwa
TE1Jeff Cumberland
2Kellen Davis
LT1D'Brickashaw Ferguson
2Ben Ijalana
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
C1Nick Mangold
RG1Willie Colon
2Brian Winters
3Jarvis Harrison
RT1Breno Giacomini
2Brent Qvale
K1Nick Folk