The Jets used a fourth-round pick in 2010 to acquire the Louisville product and he will get his first chance to earn extended playing time this season after sitting behind Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight as a rookie. Powell touched the rock in just two games last season, gaining 21 yards on 13 carries and showing little promise as an NFL back. However, Greene has failed to impress and McKnight is better suited running outside the tackles. There is a decent chance that Powell will sit third on the depth chart coming out of training camp but if Greene were to go down or struggle, Powell just might leapfrog McKnight to earn a more significant role.
Ridley stays in AFC East, signs with Jets-- Wed Apr 8 6:15 pm --
Six months removed from knee surgery
The New York Jets have poached another New England Patriots free agent in running back Stevan Ridley.
While it's not as big as the Darrelle Revis signing, Ridley's addition gives the Jets at least one running back with a 1,000-yard season on his resume.
FF Today's Take:Ridley joins Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in a crowded Jets' backfield that will likely give fantasy owners fits this season. Ridley is coming off knee surgery after tearing his ACL last October and will likely be eased into training camp. He'll be a late-round pick in standard re-draft leagues.
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