The New York Jets haven’t had a stud running back since Thomas Jones in 2009, but they may have a more than serviceable tandem in 2018. Now that present Jets running back Bilal Powell and newly added running back Isaiah Crowell are combining their talents, opposing defenses may have a run for their money.
Crowell was traded from the Cleveland Browns following their 0-16 season. With Crowell having a total of 1,035 all-purpose yards and two rushing touchdowns last season, it’s safe to say Crowell had a decent season. In all fairness, the twenty-five year old was a part of a team that finished 0-16 in 2017, so he couldn’t do all the work himself.
Can Crowell perform for the New York Jets:
Many people remember Crowell at his best in previous seasons and trust me, he can provide quality performances. On the other hand, Powell also had a very decent season finishing with 942 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns. Powell did most of the rushing in the backfield, while former teammate Matt Forte played sparingly and only averaged 12 yards per game.
In regard to last season, the Jets offensive line was not strong at all. Wesley Johnson played very poorly at the center position and missed blocks up the middle causing him to lose his spot to Spencer Long, a former center for the Redskins who was newly signed to the Jets during the offseason. On top of that, Jets guard Brian Winters was injured the previous season, so the Jets’ offensive line was not reaching its full potential.
Third year head coach, Todd Bowles believes that “a chemistry is growing among the players” and is searching for a chance at a playoff appearance. Along with Powell and Isaiah is former Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls. Rawls finished with 251 total yards and 0 touchdowns in the 2017 season. If Bilal plays as mostly a third down running back, then Thomas Rawls may make his way up the roster and contribute to a successful Jets season.