Training Camp Profile: RB Bilal Powell
By Michael Pallas
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell has been a solid weapon since he was drafted, and it’s time for the Jets to give him his due.
Running back Bilal Powell has been the do-everything guy for the New York Jets. He can pass block, catch passes and run with the football. He’s got what you need in a three-down back, and it’s his time to shine.
Let’s examine Powell’s 2016 season and look toward what he could be capable of accomplishing with the Jets this upcoming season.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
2016 was the best production we’ve seen from Powell in his entire career. He set career highs in rushing yards, yards per carry, receptions, and total yards. In addition to that, he tied his career high in receiving yards and touchdowns, which he set it 2015.
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2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Once camp breaks. Powell will show that he should be the feature back. He doesn’t have the wear and tear that most backs do at his age. So, he can shine in 2017.
He will be one of the security blankets the young quarterbacks will need. He can run and catch passes out of the backfield. In addition to that, Powell can line up in the slot and run routes, if necessary.
Powell will be the veteran presence the offense needs as he will finally get his chance. This will be his time to step up and prove he can be a quality starting running back for the Jets.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Matt Forte is clearly not the weapon he once was. Age and attrition have caught up to him, and it’s time for him to step back and take a lesser role. Powell will step up during training camp and take his rightful place.