2011 stats: 2 games played, 13 carries, 21 rushing yards, 1 reception, 7 yards, 1 fumble.
2011 Season Review: Anyone hoping the Jets found a mid-round rookie running back gem in Bilal Powell were left incredibly disappointed. Powell didn’t even see first team snaps on offense until week 12 against the Broncos and that was by necessity with Ladainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene both ruled out for most of the game. Powell did nothing to impress on his 13 carries he received between the Denver game and garbage time versus Kansas City, and if anything he’ll be best known for fumbling the ball on the goal line in Denver that was fortunately gobbled up by Matt Slauson for the Jets’ only touchdown that game. Especially in comparison to recent Jets rookie successes at running back like Shonn Greene and Leon Washington, Bilal Powell looked incredibly lost.
2012 Outlook: The fact that the Jets drafted a running back this past April and aren’t going to let Powell sit as the third back on the depth chart unchallenged says a lot about how disappointed the Jets coaches were with Powell as a rookie, though that shouldn’t be surprising. Playing time will be there this season for Powell if he can earn it – the Jets will be one of the league’s most frequent runners and the stable of backs on the Jets right now aren’t exactly the most proven bunch. Although, if he can’t make any serious strides there’s always the possibility that he may not even make the roster, which would make him one of the Jets’ more disappointing fourth rounders in recent memory. The issue for Powell is that his skill set doesn’t really stand out as offering a certain quality that Greene or McKnight or even Terrence Ganaway already offer, and his one saving grace may be that his game is the most balanced. Powell will need to step his game up considerably, as his rookie season left a lot to be desired and he wasn’t anywhere close to a level where he could contribute as part of the offense.