Former Louisville running back Bilal Powell has won the starting gig with the New York Jets. Newly acquired running back Chris Ivory was expected to be the starting ball carrier for the Jets this season, however with just a few days before their season opener, Powell is still listed as the top running back on the depth chart.
Powell played in just two games as a rookie in 2011 and had an increased role during his second season in the league, playing in 14 games, averaging 30 yards per contest. In year three, Powell is expected to have an increased role.
The Jets have been using Powell in the Wildcat formation throughout the pre-season, which is something he is familiar with. During his season at Louisville, Powell was used in what we liked to call the Wildcard formation.
According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, the first few weeks of the season will be crucial for Powell as he’ll have an opportunity to prove himself while Ivory is still nursing the injury.