Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
|RB - #74||364.40||NYJ||Active||4 years||25||5'10||204|
2014 Outlook:Last updated on Jul-14-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
This former Louisville running back has been a disappointment since being drafted by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Powell is averaging 3.9 yards per carry in his career and has never rushed for 700 yards or scored more than five touchdowns in a season. Now Powell finds himself on the outside looking in at a two-headed monster of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory. Powell's biggest success in the Jets' offense was catching passes out of the backfield last season. He was clearly the superior receiver between himself and Ivory. In 2014, Chris Johnson will surely fill that role and thus push Powell further to the fringes of the game. This leaves Powell in limbo. Unless Johnson gets injured, don't expect Powell to have much fantasy relevance. In a crowded Jets backfield, Powell is not draft worthy in any format because of his limited role in the offense.
Jets running back Chris Johnson has received medical clearance following offseason knee surgery, and according to head coach Rex Ryan, he looked every part of 100 percent on Wednesday. Ryan said Johnson was "flying" through his mandatory conditioning run earlier in the day. The Jets will hold their first full-team practice Thursday.
Johnson had his knee scoped in January to fix a torn meniscus he tore in Week 3 of last season. However, he still played every game and gained more than 1,400 yards from scrimmage. Johnson was sidelined for all of OTAs and minicamp. With the Jets, he'll enter into a timeshare with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, a condition that Johnson doesn't think will be necessary.
A healthy CJ?K will run for more than 3.9 yards per carry as he did in 2013, but the workload definitely won't be the same. Ivory is slated to be the early down pounder and goal-line back, perhaps splitting carries equally with Johnson. Powell will be sprinkled in as the third tailback. I think there's a chance we could see Johnson set a career-high in receptions -- he caught 57 balls in 2011 -- but his carry count is probably going to drop below 200. A rich man's Pierre Thomas? That may be Johnson this season. Not exactly the Chris Johnson we knew from 2009.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/23 - Jets RB Chris Johnson cleared for training camp, flew threw conditioning run
7/14 - Jets backfield to run by committee
7/3 - Jets RB Chris Johnson doesn't think he will be sharing carries
6/25 - Jets RBs coach on Chris Johnson: 'We're going to have to be strategic in how we use him'
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|17.07||FFToolbox - Cindie Crain - I can't imagine Chris Ivory playing a full season without an injury. Bilal Powell knows the offense and would be the starter in New York if Ivory finds himself on the injury report.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|14.06||BFDFantasy - Needed RB depth and he has a chance to be decent even with Ivory, especially if Ivory gets hurt like he has in past|
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