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|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.
|Jets sign Dri Archer to reserve/future deal -- Wed Feb 3 8:10 pm --|
New York looking to get faster on offense
|FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets have signed speedy running back-kick returner Dri Archer to a reserve/future contract. The versatile Archer, who has also played wide receiver, was a third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh out of Kent State in 2014. He was waived by the Steelers last November. Jets coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan recently said they want the team to be faster next season, and Archer fills the bill. (AP-Sports)|
FF Today's Take: New York's backfield may undergo a makeover this offseason. The team is expected to watch Chris Ivory get his raise from another organization, and Steven Ridley and Bilal Powell are UFAs. Zac Stacy is signed through the 2016 season but isn't part of the team's long term plans. This is one backfield fantasy owners will need to monitor throughout the offseason.
| Bilal Powell inactive for Jets -- Sun Jan 3 11:30 am --|
Chris Ivory to start
|Bilal Powell is Inactive. (NY Jets on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This was expected. We should see Chris Ivory carry the majority of the load with Powell out. With winds upwards of 25 mph and flurries in the forecast, Ivory is a solid RB2 in Week 17.
| Bilal Powell misses practice all week -- Fri Jan 1 12:45 pm --|
Questionable for Week 17
|Jets running back Bilal Powell missed practice for the third straight day on Friday, which earned him a questionable listing on the teamís final injury report of the week. The Jets havenít had a player take part in a game this season after missing an entire week of practice, which would seem to make Powell an unlikely participant in Week 17.
FF Today's Take: Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley will likely be the running backs carrying the load against the Bills. Ivory is worth a look in daily formats in a game the Jets will need to win in order to make the playoffs.