The New York Jets welcome back running back Bilal Powell in 2019, and he’ll be the most grizzled veteran on the entire Gang Green squad this year.
This offseason, the Jets added plenty of firepower to their offensive backfield, signing star running back Le’Veon Bell and also bringing in a versatile backup in veteran Ty Montgomery. Throw in a young talent like Elijah McGuire, and the Jets have the makings of a strong rotation.
But one of the most underrated moves the Jets made this offseason was bringing back veteran running back Bilal Powell, who had previously missed time due to injury.
As he prepares for yet another season in New York, Powell is surprised by the fact that he’s now the longest-tenured player on the entire Jets roster (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
“It definitely flew by pretty fast. I just remember the veterans saying don’t take it for granted because when you look back, it’ll be gone. Entering Year 9, looking at some of the young guys running around, it’s like, ‘Wow. It does fly.’
A fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Louisville, Powell has been one of the most efficient runners in team history. His career average of 4.36 yards per carry currently ranks No. 6 on the team’s all-time list.
Despite a loaded backfield in New York, don’t be surprised if Powell’s experience gives him an edge as he fights for playing time throughout training camp and into the preseason. The fact that he could be the last running back to make the cut this year simply proves how deep the Jets will be in the offensive backfield this season.