While a lot of attention focuses on the Jets quarterback battle, Bilal Powell might be quietly proving that he shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to what role he might play in the Jets 2013 offense. With Mike Goodson still not with the team and Chris Ivory fighting a nagging hamstring, Powell had the opportunity to shine in his work with the first team, most notably in the Saturday night scrimmage, per the AP.
Powell was perhaps the top star in the team’s scrimmage Saturday night, with six carries for 41 yards — and had a short touchdown run wiped out by a penalty.
“I thought Bilal Powell really jumped out on offense,” coach Rex Ryan said.
He also had a 24-yard run that he nearly turned into a score.
“I was OK,” the 2011 fourth-round draft pick said. “Still got room for improvement. That comes with the continuation of camp and just coming out and working hard every day.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comLast year, Bilal Powell was the more effective back between he and Shonn Greene. Powell’s potential hasn’t totally been tapped in the NFL, but of the running backs from the 2011 draft class, Powell was considered one of the best combinations of power, speed, balance and patience as a runner. It hasn’t all translated for Powell and the addition of Ivory and Goodson have made matters more difficult. Still, there’s a window here for Powell to prove that he deserves to be on this roster and also deserves to have a role in the team’s 2013 offense.