Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Forte played through the knee injury last week, but let this serve as a reminder that he’s no spring chicken and that Bilal Powell is a very capable backup.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Forte played through the knee injury last week and is likely just getting a day off. Let this serve as a reminder that he’s no spring chicken and that Bilal Powell is a very capable backup.
The Jets ran 66 offensive plays for 340 yards. RB Matt Forte had 22 rushes for 96 yards and five catches (on seven targets) for 59 yards. So he accounted for 40 percent of the Jets' offensive touches Sunday and 45 percent of their yards.
Forte had 18 more carries than No. 2 running back Bilal Powell, who also had two catches, for six total touches.
The story said the Jets will need to be mindful about keeping Forte fresh, especially on short weeks like the one they're about to encounter, as they prepare for Thursday night's game at Buffalo. Forte, 30, entered this season with 2,577 career touches, in the regular season and playoffs. The story added that it's still possible the Forte-Powell split is more even going forward, but added Forte looked pretty good getting a bulk of the work.
Let me put it this way: Matt Forte is the No. 1 back, but he won't be an every-down workhorse. Then again, how many teams rely on one workhorse? Not many. Based on what we saw in the one preseason game they played together, you'll see Forte on first and second downs, with Bilal Powell handling the third-down duties. Forte was a three-down back during his career with the Chicago Bears, so he'll have to adjust to a reduced role.
If you're looking for numbers, I think the workload will be more balanced than it was last season. Chris Ivory averaged 16 rushes per game, Powell six. This year, you could see something like 14 for Forte, eight for Powell. The Jets have to be cognizant of Forte's age (30), and it would be foolish to wear out the tread on his tires, although offensive coordinator Chan Gailey noted they won't have Forte on a snap count early in the year.
The story went on to say the Jets think Powell is a good football player, and the Jets won't forget about him. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said Powell will be a huge part of our offense. The author said it wouldn't shock him if the two backs are used at the same time, creating mismatches on the defense. Powell should have some PPR league value based on this amount of workload.
Injured running back Matt Forte (hamstring), yet to practice, will be under the spotlight.
The Jets are beat up at running back. The latest injury: Dominique Williams, who has a concussion. That leaves only three healthy backs -- Bilal Powell, Romar Morris and Matthew Tucker. Khiry Robinson, recovered from a broken leg. Veteran Bernard Pierce, who pulled a hamstring soon after signing at the start of camp, could be on shaky ground
The story said it's too soon to panic, but Forte probably won't play next week if he misses a few more practices and then it's time to worry, the story went on to say. The article also added Robinson could get his first full-time work after limited work last week. Robinson could end up being a guy to get carries if Forte remains out. Powell's strength is more of a third-down back and he likely wouldn't see a large amount of rushes.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 7:47am
The clock is ticking on Pierce, who signed on the first day of camp and promptly pulled a hammy. There's a limit to the team's patience. "As camp goes, there’s a problem if you stay in the training room when you just got here and you haven’t shown yourself," coach Todd Bowles said. "He has (games) on tape. As the running backs get healthy, those who make plays, obviously get to play." Consider that a warning, Bernard.
Forte already has been ruled out for Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason opener. There are only four healthy backs, only one of whom (Bilal Powell) is a lock to make the roster.
The Jets RB depth has been tested early in camp as Matt Forté and Bernard Pierce have been slowed by hamstring injuries while Khiry Robinson (leg) remains on the PUP list. Through seven practices, most of the workload has been divided up between Bilal Powell, 1st-year player Dominique Williams and rookie Romar Morris.
“Anything happens in this game, in this business and the coaches keep track with the number of reps. They try to divide them into equal opportunities to keep everybody fresh,” said Powell, who re-signed with the club in March. “If you break a long run, you get a guy in. There’s no such thing as fresh legs in training camp, so you have to do a tremendous job of taking care of your body.”
The story said Powell looks fresh as ever, displaying his shiftiness and vision time and time again. He has been dynamic in the open field and seems to surprise defenders with an extra burst. When everyone is healthy, it's tough to see how roles will play out. With Forte on board, we're not so sure about the size of Powell's role in 2016. The signing is a concern for Forte as well, since Powell’s presence threatens his receiving role.
The main question with Forte is how much tread he has left on the tire. He had a remarkable workload in Chicago. He leads the NFL in all-purpose yards (12,718) since he entered the league in 2008. Forte is now 30, which is seen by most as the point where running backs fall off the cliff. Forte is out to prove them wrong.
Chan Gailey will come up with plenty of creative ways to get Forte the ball. Gailey loves to throw to running backs, and Forte is as good as it gets in that department. I would expect to see plenty of screen passes and Forte lined up at wide receiver in certain formations.
Forte may lose carries to Bilal Powell and/or Khiry Robinson, and is unlikely to score many rushing touchdowns. But if he's utilized regularly in the slot, he should be able to catch at least 50 passes, maybe more. Jets running backs caught a total of 90 balls last season under OC Chan Gailey. Forte hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in PPR formats in his eight-year career.
It's all about Matt Forte, who will be asked to replace 1,000-yard rusher Chris Ivory as the lead dog in the Jets' backfield. Forte will be highly motivated after getting the cold shoulder from his forever team, the Chicago Bears. Forte, 30, is battling Father Time and a cranky knee that sparked some concern in free agency, but he's said to be healthy and rejuvenated as he approaches his ninth season. His workload will be an ongoing story. As a three-down back for the Bears, he averaged 315 touches (rushes and receptions) per year. That's a bit steep for an aging runner, so look for a time-share system with Bilal Powell.
There was a noticeable improvement last season in Powell's speed and quickness. He set career highs in yards per rush (4.5) and receptions (47), becoming a valuable member of the offense. He was the ideal complement to the bruising Ivory, but the dynamics have changed. Powell and Forte have similar skill sets, so it'll be interesting to how it plays out in terms of role definition.
Khiry Robinson could wind up as the short-yardage/goal-line back (fantasy alert). Don't be surprised if he starts camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Robinson sat out the offseason as he recovered from a broken leg, but he should be good to go in the preseason.
Forte may lose carries to Powell and/or Robinson, and is unlikely to score many rushing touchdowns. But if he's utilized regularly in the slot, he should be able to catch at least 50 passes, maybe more. Jets running backs caught a total of 90 balls last season under OC Chan Gailey. Forte hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in PPR formats in his eight-year career.
The Jets let Bilal Powell know how they felt about him by signing him to a three-year, $11.25 million contract in free agency. Powell is one of the few holdovers left from the Mike Tannenbaum era. Powell’s ability to stick with the Jets through three general managers and four offensive coordinators shows how valued he is.
The Jets revamped their running back corps this offseason, but Powell remains in the middle of it. It will be interesting to see how Gailey divides up the carries between Powell and Matt Forte, who arrives with a great reputation and resume. Powell complemented former Jets running back Chris Ivory, who was more of a bruising back than he is, but Powell and Forte have similar skill sets, so this could be a trickier division of labor for Gailey.
You can count on Powell getting major touches this season, though. Gailey will figure out a way.
Powell held more value when he was playing alongside Chris Ivory, since the two players have complementary skillsets. That's not the case with new Jet Matt Forte, who is basically a rich man's Powell. Both Forte and Powell are capable runners but make their mark in the receiving game. Will the Jets take their RB1 off the field to give Powell snaps? Last year, the answer was a resounding yes, but with Forte on board, we're not so sure about the size of Powell's role in 2016.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Powell hasn’t been on the injury report in the last five weeks, but dealt with an ankle injury earlier in the year. He’s looking very questionable for Week 17. If he’s out, Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley would pick up extra snaps, with Ivory likely to assume Powell’s role in the passing game. The Jets play early on Sunday.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. If Powell returns, and it looks like he will, he’ll put a sizable dent in Chris Ivory’s upside as a receiver. In four games with Powell, Ivory was only targeted 2.0 times per game compared to 3.3 targets per game with Powell sidelined. His carries are very safe, however.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. If Powell returns, and it looks like he will, he’ll put a sizable dent in Chris Ivory’s upside as a receiver. In four games with Powell, Ivory was only targeted 2.0 times per game compared to 3.3 targets per game with Powell sidelined.
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