Jets RB Bilal Powell gets starting nod for Week 1
Head Coach Rex Ryan stated Powell had earned the position in the team.
“Bilal did a tremendous job for us throughout training camp and in preseason games as well” Ryan said.
Powell was listed atop the club’s depth chart, with Ivory following as a second-stringer and former Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green expected to fit in a role behind him.
“It’s not just you feed one guy the football,” Ryan later added. “Chris, obviously is a very talented back in his own right, so we will use his skills as well.”
Powell paved his way into the Jets’ running back rotation in 2012, following a rookie season in which he had only two game appearances and just 13 carries for 21 yards. However, last season Powell rushed for 437 yards and 110 carries for the Jets. During the offseason, the Jets added Ivory from New Orleans and Mike Goodson from Oakland. But they have recently faced some sort of issues with both players – with Ivory missing time early in the summer due to a hamstring injury and Goodson suspended for the first four games of the regular season due to violation of the NFL’ policy on PEDs.
With rookie quarterback Geno Smith getting the starting nod for Week 1, Powell and Ivory’s early performances could play a big role in helping the Jets start off the 2013 season on the right foot. Both Powell and Ivory are expected to get reps against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense that may well stack the box daring New York to throw in the in the Sep. 8 season opener at MetLife Stadium.