Bilal Powell: Why New York Jets Must Give RB More Touches

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 10, 2012

Sept 23, 2012;  Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs past Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Karlos Dansby (58) during The second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Jets won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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The New York Jets are in need of a spark on offense, and Bilal Powell is the man who can provide it.

Through five games this season, the Jets haven't been able to run the ball. They have averaged only 83 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry, and they have made only one touchdown on the ground. 

The only NFL team in worse shape than the Jets in terms of production in the running game is the Arizona Cardinals—a team that has lost its top two running backs to injury. 

Things can't get much worse for the Jets, but all is not lost. Powell must become the team's starting running back. Shonn Greene isn't the man for the job, as we've clearly seen. 

So far this season, Greene has rushed for only 217 yards on 76 carries (2.9 yards per carry) with one touchdown, and he has caught three passes for 28 yards. 

Powell has carried the ball only 30 times for 117 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and has caught three passes for 40 yards. 

Besides being better from a statistical point of view, Powell simply looks better than Greene when running the ball. He has a better initial burst, better vision and more power when he hits the hole. Powell is also fast enough to get around the outside. 

Through five games, Powell is averaging just under seven touches per game. 

If he is not the starter, Powell needs to be targeted in the passing game on screens at least two or three times a game, and he should be getting at least 15 carries per game. He should be getting between 15-20 touches per game.

I'm not trying to say that Powell is going to be the next Curtis Martin, but he's a heck of a lot better suited to be the workhorse for this offense at this time for the Jets than Greene. 

It's absolutely been driving me bonkers to see Powell's talents being wasted as he sits on the sidelines. Tony Sparano seems to have no clue how to use his weapons. Watching the Jets these days is like watching a warrior fighting a losing battle while insisting on using inferior weapons. 

It's time for Rex Ryan and Sparano to come to terms with the fact that Greene isn't the answer at running back. Powell needs to take over and become an integral part of their offense rather than a passive witness to this lost cause. 


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