Bilal Powell
Bilal Powell
30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Injury Neck
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Despite saving the Jets' bacon repeatedly when injuries or ineffectiveness sidelined the team's starting RB, it doesn't look like Powell will ever get a chance to handle No. 1 duties on his own. Perhaps it's just as well. His one outstanding trait as a runner might best be summed up as "gumption" - he won't run away from or around defenders, instead fighting for every extra inch available after contact. That's a profile that looks great in a backup, but could get exposed in a larger workload. Isaiah Crowell is the latest back to keep Powell down, though his lack of receiving polish could lead to a timeshare. New offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will try to institute a scheme as friendly to Sam Darnold as possible, so don't be surprised if Powell's role in the passing game looks more like it did in 2015-16 than it did last season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with the Jets in March of 2016.
Likely done in New York
RBFree Agent
April 12, 2019
The Jets' signing of Ty Montgomery suggests Powell (neck) isn't likely to be back with the team in 2019, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
A 2011 fourth-round pick, Powell started 37 of his 96 games in a Jets uniform, averaging 4.4 yards on 791 carries and 7.7 yards on 204 catches. Not once did he enter a season as the team's top ball carrier, yet he led the Jets in scrimmage yards in 2013 and 2016. It isn't quite clear if the 30-year-old will continue his football career, as there hasn't been a meaningful update on his progress since he landed on injured reserve in late October. The neck injury initially was reported to be career-threatening, but former Jets coach Todd Bowles said shortly thereafter that he expected Powell to make a full recovery.
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How do Bilal Powell's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
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Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Bilal Powell's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
5' 10"
204 lbs
40-Yard Dash*
4.51 sec
Bench Press
18 reps
Hand Length
8.75 in
Arm Length
30.88 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The acquisition of Matt Forte seemed to be a blow to Powell's value heading into 2016, but instead he had the most productive season of his career, stealing passing-down work from Forte en route to top-five finishes among RBs in targets and receptions (setting career highs in both categories). Powell then took advantage of a huge four-game stretch at the end of the year when he essentially had the backfield to himself to fuel a career high in rushing yards. He doesn't possess any one outstanding physical trait and is a little undersized for a feature back at 5-10, 204, but he rarely goes down on first contact and seems to will himself into extra yards. Both he and Forte will return to the Jets and the two will form a full-fledged committee this year, but new offensive coordinator John Morton comes from the Saints' pass-happy system, so there should be plenty of targets available for both of them if the team's muddled QB situation cooperates. Powell may not match last season's numbers on the ground, but he should remain productive through the air in an offense that lacks proven targets at wide receiver and tight end.
For a No. 2 back, Powell carved out a handy niche last year — he was 11th among running backs in catches and 15th in receiving yards. He also averaged a career-best 4.5 yards per rush, and cobbled together an end-rank of RB34 in PPR leagues. But with the Jets letting Chris Ivory walk and adding Matt Forte, it puts Powell's role in jeopardy — Forte is at least as good a receiver as Powell, probably better. And the Jets also have Khiry Robinson to pound away as the short-yardage man, if they so desire. Powell still rates as an interesting later-round selection if you don't trust Forte's durability at this stage of his career, but we'd like Powell more if the roster remained static from last year.
A reserve running back, Powell posted career-highs in yards per carry (4.3) and yards per reception (8.4) last season. However, compared to his 212 total touches in 2013, Powell garnered only 44 touches in 2014 on an underwhelming Jets team. Now, New York has added fellow tailbacks Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy heading into the upcoming campaign, making Powell’s standing on the Jets’ depth chart unclear. While veteran Chris Ivory is expected to start, Powell is more than likely destined for another season of occasionally shuffling in and out as a backup running back this term.
Powell saw action in all 16 of the Jets' games last season, but he only reached paydirt once despite commanding 212 total touches. With New York's signing of high-profile Chris Johnson, it's believed the team will role with Johnson and Chris Ivory as their one-two punch at running back. Powell will be the next in line to provide relief and will have much more fantasy value if an injury occurs.
After a rookie year buried on the depth chart, Powell emerged late in his second season as a quality complement to Shonn Greene, punching in four touchdowns in four games from Weeks 11-14. Greene departed in free agency, but the Jets signed Mike Goodson and sent a fourth-round pick to the Saints for Chris Ivory, leaving Powell in a likely committee situation entering his third year. At 5-10, 204, Powell boasts neither special size nor speed, but he could see an uptick in value depending on how Goodson's offseason legal troubles play out.
In 2011 the second-year running back was active for just two games and carried the ball 13 times for 21 yards. Which is understandable as there wasn't much space at the position with Ladanian Tomlinson on board. This season Powell is competing for the third-down job behind Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight. Powell has reportedly performed slightly better in camp than McKnight.
Powell ran for 1,405 yards and totaled 14 touchdowns during his senior year at Louisville last season, and the Jets snagged him with the No. 126 pick of the draft. He’ll enter training camp battling Joe McKnight for the No. 3 RB role, but LaDainian Tomlinson is hardly a sure bet at this stage of his career, so Powell could conceivably become a factor on the team that has easily led the NFL in rushing attempts over the last two seasons.
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Scheduled for free agency
RBNew York Jets
January 25, 2019
Powell (neck) is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official website reports.
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Expected to make full recovery from surgery
RBNew York Jets
October 25, 2018
Coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that he expects Powell to make a full recovery from neck surgery and resume his playing career, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
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Neck injury threatens career
RBNew York Jets
October 24, 2018
Powell will require surgery to address a bulging disc in his neck, an injury that could spell an end to his career, Darryl Slater of reports.
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Season likely over
RBNew York Jets
October 24, 2018
The Jets placed Powell (neck) on injured reserve Wednesday, Darryl Slater of reports.
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Exits game with neck injury
RBNew York Jets
October 21, 2018
Powell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Vikings with a neck injury.
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