As the New York Jets prepare for training camp, running back Bilal Powell is hoping to separate himself from a crowded situation and emerge as a starting option.
This offseason, the New York Jets bolstered their running back corps by adding two new faces to the mix. They acquired Isaiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls via free agency in hopes that both would bring unique skills out of the backfield. Returning are Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, with all four running backs competing to make their case to earn starting reps this upcoming season.
Powell has been in a weird yet consistent situation with the Jets over the past few years. You see, he’ll have his signs of brilliance here and there but will often time miss a few games due to injuries. It also didn’t help Powell’s case that offensive coordinators didn’t fully commit to feeding him the rock for whatever reservations they had.
As Powell enters training camp for the Jets, it’s uncertain if he’ll emerge as their starting running back, mostly since it’ll likely be a new face leading the charge. Here’s his complete profile heading into training camp.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
Powell is coming off his best season yet with the Jets. In 2017, Powell totaled 772 rushing yards, 178 rushes, and five touchdowns. As a receiving option, he totaled 170 yards and 23 receptions.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
While it’s unlikely the Jets will part ways with Powell once training camp is officially in the books, he will likely be a backup or used in a rotational role. The starting position is up for grabs with Crowell likely to earn starting duties and everyone else getting their fair share of reps as the season progresses.
If the Jets do decide to part ways with Powell, it’ll likely be via trade to get a player or draft pick in return to bolster their team. Otherwise, expect to see Powell do enough to keep his roster spot but not have as big an impact like in the past due to having reps shared among his fellow running backs.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Powell will make the final roster of the Jets but ultimately end up as a backup or third on the depth chart. Expect to see Crowell emerge as the new starting running back of the Jets since he will likely surprise many in 2018 for his ability to get the job done consistently.