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|The team made a serious effort to re-sign veteran Bilal Powell this offseason, which means they likely envision a fairly significant role for him even with Matt Forte in the mix. Powell made his mark down the stretch last season in Weeks 13 through 16 and his absence in Week 17 against the Bills with the playoffs on the line was more significant than it was considered to be at the time. Powell’s role was more clearly defined as a backfield partner with Chris Ivory, who was not a big part of the passing game, but being teamed with the similarly skilled Forte will likely be a boost for the overall offense. Now the play selection will not be as apparent to opposing defenses when Powell is in the as it was when he came on to replace Ivory on passing downs. Powell had 47 receptions for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns last season, and while those numbers may fall a bit with Forte’s presence, there is room for him to increase his 313 rushing yards from last season. If Forte was to miss any time with injury, Powell would likely move into his role without much drop off in production making him an intriguing late-round pick.
| Matt Forte expected to miss preseason opener|
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 4, 4:40 pm
|HC Todd Bowles says "it's safe to say" that Matt Forte (hamstring) will miss the first preseason game (against the Jaguars) next week. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Every indication out of Jets' camp has this being a minor injury. Look for Forte to be rested throughout the preseason and to start Week 1, while Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson work in tandem. Powell was reportedly splitting carries with Forte almost equally in camp before the injury, so owners need to prepare for the real possibility that Forte is being overdrafted in the fourth round. Meanwhile, Powell could be a steal in the 10th.