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Bilal Powell lands on NFL Mocks top running backs list

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins 20-6. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins 20-6. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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New York Jets Bilal Powell made the list over at NFL Mocks of the FanSided network for being one of the top running backs heading into the upcoming season. There is a big reason why he will be more motivated now than ever before.

If the New York Jets are to be a competitive team this upcoming season, they’ll have to hope that some of their key players of the past step up and deliver unlike any other time before. Such is the case for running back Bilal Powell as he enters his eighth season with the Jets hoping to have an even bigger impact this time around.

At this point in time, Powell has a rep for doing well but either gets injured or phased out depending on what the offensive coordinator plans are for the opposition. With new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates running the show, it’s expected he’ll have a balanced West Coast offense that establishes the ground game to open up things up on what should be a quick passing attack.

The Jets are fully aware of Powell’s ability to be a game changer but are also likely concerned that either he’ll get hurt again or lose reps due to some new faces around him. Heading into training camp, the Jets brought in Isaiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls for competition. Elijah McGuire enters his sophomore season also hoping to prove his worth and be given more opportunities to show what he brings to the table.

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Even with all that, NFL Mocks of the FanSided network still believe in Powell to likely be the guy that gets the job done this upcoming season. In an article written by George Stockburger of NFL Mocks, here’s what he said about why Powell is going to be one of the top running backs to keep an eye on:

Powell enters the 2018 season surrounded by a multitude of running backs who have been cast away despite showing great promise. Isaiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls headline the room of backs along with two late draft picks from the last two years. Powell will likely have to beat out Crowell to keep his job, but given his track record he could still post productive numbers for New York.

If it’s anything Powell is known for, is being productive, especially in clutch situations. Considering that Powell is coming off his best season yet for the Jets, it bodes well for his chances to not only make the final roster but also be an integral part of their running back corps.

In 2017, Powell totaled 772 rushing yards, 178 rushes, and five touchdowns. As a receiving option, he totaled 170 yards, 23 receptions, and averaged 7.4 yards per reception. Expect to see Powell compete and prepare for everything that awaits in training camp and this upcoming season.

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With a lot of competition this time around, it’s Powell’s time to shine or ultimately lose the opportunity to be given reps once the regular season arrives. This will undoubtedly motivate him to do whatever it takes to deliver consistent results from here on out.

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