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Bilal Powell Quietly Becoming One Of The More Reliable Running Backs In The AFC East

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It wasn’t the best of performances from the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, as they lost 20-12 to the Miami Dolphins at home, but that doesn’t mean Bilal Powell didn’t have a standout game. The former Cards running back finished the day with five carries for six total yards, but made a huge impact in the passing game, reeling in five receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Since he’s been in the league, Powell has improved significantly catching the ball out of the backfield. Once again on Sunday, Powell ran a great route, made a terrific catch, and then made an incredible move on the defensive-back to punch the football in for the score.

If you haven’t seen Powell’s exciting catch-and-run from Week 2, check it out below:

Believe it or not, this is Powell’s eight season in the NFL – all with the New York Jets. While he’s never become the team’s featured-back over the years, I would argue he’s been the most consistent player on their ever-changing rotation of offensive players. Heck, in my opinion, he’s one of the most underrated offensive players in the entire National Football League.

Remember, this is a guy who has rushed for nearly 1,500 yards in the last two seasons combined – this coming as the Jets’ number two option in the running game. Plus, when you throw his ability to catch the football into the mix, you quickly see why New York has kept him around through two different coaching overhauls since 2011.

That said, Powell has done everything the Jets organization has asked him to do, and much more. He’s carved himself up a very nice professional football career, while positioning himself as one of the most successful “Cards in the NFL” to-date. Needless to say, Louisville football fans should be pretty darn proud of this guy and what he’s been able to accomplish.

Heading into Week 3, Powell and the Jets will head towards Ohio to face the (0-1-1) Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. Make sure you don’t miss the action on NFL Network.

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