So what does this mean for Bilal Powell? Powell is a north/south type runner but at 204lbs has enough burst and quickness to find seems in the second level for big gains. His pass blocking and route running have improved with a full year of offseason workouts and he is showing far fewer mental mistakes than in 2011. It’s not even the first preseason game yet and Powell has already gained first team reps in practice, showing the amount of confidence first year offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has in his young runningback.
If Powell continues his camp dominance and performs well in the preseason it seems very likely that he may jump ahead of fellow runningback Joe McKnight for number two on the depth chart. While no back on the roster may have the speed and quickness of McKnight, Powell may be the more reliable performer. If Greene begins to struggle in the preseason or early on in the regular season the door may be wide open for Bilal Powell to take over the starting role in the Jets Backfield.