The New York Jets are full of surprises, with yet another one at the top of the running back depth chart. Chris Ivory was acquired this offseason to be the No. 1 running back, and even though he was hampered with injuries throughout training camp he was expected to assume the top spot on the depth chart this week. Instead, Bilal Powell is listed as the starting running back on the team's depth chart after a strong preseason.
Bilal Powell is currently listed as the top running back for the New York Jets, with offseason acquisition Chris Ivory listed as his backup. The Jets, like most NFL teams, won't be expected to ride Bilal Powell while Ivory rides the bench, but the distinction is a surprise. Chris Ivory has been lauded by fantasy football prognosticators all summer, and surely plenty of fantasy owners who jumped to draft Ivory are now scrambling in an effort to scoop up Powell.
Chris Ivory averaged just two yards per carry in limited action during the preseason. Bilal Powell put together his best performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, rushing for 68 yards on seven carries. He started two games last season, finishing his rookie year with 437 yards and four touchdowns on 110 carries. Chris Ivory saw his role reduced with the New Orleans Saints last season, picking up just 217 yards on 40 carries.
The running back situation for the Jets has become clouded by some unforeseen circumstances. The injury to Chris Ivory couldn't have been anticipated, but the Mike Goodson situation has created more strain at the position. The Jets recently signed Alex Green, who is currently slated to be the third running back on the depth chart.
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