The New York Jets made some moves at the running back position. This does not bode well for veteran Bilal Powell.
During this offseason, the New York Jets have put some focus into the running back position, signing players like Isaiah Crowell from Cleveland and Thomas Rawls from Seattle. They also drafted Trenton Cannon from Virginia State. With all of those additions, current starting running back Bilal Powell should be concerned.
Powell has shared the starting running back spot with many different players for the past few seasons and he’s never really gotten his chance at being a full 16-game starter. Probably because he has never been that consistent.
In his seven years with the Jets, Powell has never once rushed for over 1,000 yards. He’s also never had a season with more than five rushing touchdowns. This inconsistency is probably the reason the team brought in two former starters.
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The Jets are probably looking for a guy who can come in and be a reliable starter for a full season, and they may have found one in Crowell. The former Browns running back has shown promise in his four seasons in the NFL and while he still has yet to reach 1,000 yards, he has gotten closer than Powell ever has.
Let’s face it, Crowell is younger than Powell and in less time, he’s shown that he’s a better running back. It’s starting to seem like the Jets are tired of waiting on Powell and they want to do something about it sooner than later.
Powell is going to have his work cut out for him when training camp rolls around, and if he doesn’t work harder than he ever has now, then he will likely lose his starting job. Maybe even a spot on the final roster if he doesn’t show enough to earn it.