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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 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

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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

Bilal Powell chipped in with 35 yards on 13 carries Sunday in the Jets’ Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

He wasn’t targeted in the passing game. Despite the Jets trailing, Powell actually saw most of his work in the second half. He’s out-touched Matt Forte in two straight games, though it hasn’t translated to much fantasy success. Powell is probably the Jets back to own in fantasy, though Forte's presence continues to limit his upside.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 08:34:00 PM

Bilal Powell rolled to 48 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while pulling in two-of-four targets for two yards Sunday in the Jets’ Week 13 win over the Chiefs.

Powell got New York on the board by punching in a one-yard touchdown on third-and-goal in the first quarter. That ended a six-game touchdown drought for the veteran. Powell out-touched Matt Forte 20-18, though Forte held a decisive edge in yards from scrimmage (91-50). The Jets head to Denver for a date with the struggling Broncos in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Bilal Powell handled the ball nine times for 34 yards while delivering one catch for 12 yards on one target Sunday in the Jets’ Week 12 loss to the Panthers.

Powell impressed with a 14-yard burst late in the first quarter, but that was really about it for him as New York struggled to gain yards on the ground against a stout Carolina run defense. It didn’t help that the Jets mostly abandoned their running game once they fell behind in the second half. Hopefully you have better options than Powell next week when New York hosts Kansas City.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 05:49:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 04:50:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 11:49:00 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.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 05:21:00 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.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 06:14:00 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.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 03:09:00 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.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 02:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Darnold
2Josh McCown
3Teddy Bridgewater
RB1Bilal Powell
2Isaiah Crowell
3Thomas Rawls
4Trenton Cannon
5Elijah McGuire
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Lawrence Thomas
2Dimitri Flowers
WR11Robby Anderson
2Chad Hansen
3Terrelle Pryor
4Charone Peake
5Tre McBride
WR21Quincy Enunwa
2Jermaine Kearse
3ArDarius Stewart
4Andre Roberts
5Lucky Whitehead
WR31Jermaine Kearse
TE1Clive Walford
2Jordan Leggett
3Eric Tomlinson
4Chris Herndon
5Neal Sterling
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Antonio Garcia
LG1James Carpenter
2Jonotthan Harrison
3Dakota Shepley
C1Spencer Long
2Travis Swanson
3Alex Balducci
4Gino Gradkowski
RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
3Ben Braden
RT1Brandon Shell
2Brent Qvale
3Darius James
K1Cairo Santos
2Taylor Bertolet