(sorry for the weird post set up, posting this from my phone)
9.05.2012, 00:29 AM
Bilal Powell beats out Joe McKnight for NY Jets third-down running back job
The Tim Tebow-led Wildcat wonít be the only new aspect of the Jetsí offense this season.
The Daily News has learned that Bilal Powell has beaten out Joe McKnight for the third-down running back job.
Powell, who played sparingly (13 carries in two games) as a rookie last season, emerged as the Jetsí best option on third downs with Shonn Greene off the field during the preseason. Powell and McKnight entered training camp in an open competition for the job, but Powell distanced himself.
A few players told the News last week that they were impressed with Powell's pass protection skills. (Remember: Mark Sanchez was sacked 39 times in 2011).
Powell finished the preseason with 92 yards on 26 carries and three catches for 17 yards. A few offensive players told the News last week that Powell was the best player flying under the radar in camp.
McKnight, who is dealing with a hamstring pull, is still expected to play a meaningful role on offense. His status for the season opener against the Bills on Sunday is unknown at this point.
I'm glad this happened, it gives McKnight more focus on kick off returns. Besides I liked what I seen from Powell in the preseason.