When the Jets played salary cap roulette this off-season, incumbent starting RB Shonn Greene wound up as a cap casualty,
while the team traded a 4th-round pick to acquire Chris Ivory from the Saints.
The Jets continued to add to their backfield by signing Mike Goodson, which was quickly dampened by Goodson’s gun and drug charges. With Ivory slowed by hamstring issues and Goodson yet to report to the team, neither move has paid dividends.
Instead, the Jets have relied heavily on a familiar face; third year back Bilal Powell.
Powering Gang Green to 149 yards on the ground, Powell looked like the Jets most reliable offensive weapon in week 3 vs. the Bills. Ivory’s hamstring is considered to be a multiple week injury, leaving Powell with full control to carry the mail. Look for Powell to build off his strong week 3 performance with favorable matchups coming up vs. the Titans, Falcons, and Steelers.
The Bottom Heist: Averaging a respectable 4.3 avg and the beneficiary of a solid run-blocking offensive line, Powell is primed for a consistent workload in a shaky Jets offense.
Terrelle Pryor – Fantasy football is based on assumptions, nothing else. Year-to-year, owners get hype on certain players and are let down. Well, why not jump on the bandwagon of the former Buckeyes star who you can get for nothing. Pryor is a prime example of a player where nobody knows the cap to his ceiling. Believe it or not, Pryor led the NFL in rushing entering Monday’s games in Week 1, running for 112 yards on 13 carries, good for a 8.6 avg. Owned in just 11% of Yahoo leagues and 8.4% of ESPN leagues, Pryor has the potential to put a new engine into a broken down car in Oakland.
E.J. Manuel takes on the Patriots in his NFL debut
E.J. Manuel – Leading up to his NFL debut on Sunday, Manuel has been the subject of a lot of skepticism when the Bills decided to use the 16th overall pick. As is the case with Pryor, Manuel has higher potential than other QBs in the free agent basement. If you have a legitimate top 8 QB and a solid backup (i.e. Eli Manning), it would behoove you to try and net something for your backup, as you can replace that spot with somebody like Manuel. The NFL is becoming more geared towards having a QB possessing dual-threat capabilities. Manuel might not be this year’s Russell Wilson, but just remember it’s all about futures when loading up on your bench.