The New York Jets possess a deep stable when you factor Bilal Powell into the mix. I’m not saying this will necessarily be one of the league’s best backfields or running attacks, but Powell as the third back behind Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson doesn’t sound all that poor. And then you’re automatically upgrading with Shonn Greene‘s departure.
However, the negative side of this for Powell is that he may find himself without a roster spot by Week 1 of the regular season, with those backfield components and kick-return savvy Joe McKnight battling in training camp.
“Joe McKnight said that his fellow running backs would have to kill him in order to steal his roster spot,” The Star-Ledger’s Connor Orr wrote from Jets camp. “A quick look at the depth chart doesn’t provide any further clarity into that situation, though. McKnight carved himself a niche as a kick returner but is it worthy of a roster spot on its own? Ivory and Goodson (we’re assuming he doesn’t miss time for the purpose of this exercise) appear to have clear-cut roles and Powell has proven himself as both a blocker and every-down ball carrier.”
Goodson was an intriguing free agent addition along with Ivory, who was nabbed from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the second-round pick as part of his restricted free agent status. I feel comfortable slotting in Ivory for starter, but the No. 2 running back spot is open wide with Goodson’s offseason arrest further complicating matters for him. However, Goodson did look really good in the run, pass and return game while with the Oakland Raiders.
In two seasons, Powell’s totaled 110 carries for 437 yards and a 3.7 per carry average, so he still has much to prove for Gang Green this offseason.