The Jets haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2015, and haven't had their running backs collectively score more than 10 rushing touchdowns since 2012. So forgive us for not being optimistic about Isaiah Crowell's chances for a fifth-year breakout season. Last year, a Jets running back had 15 or more carries in a game five times, and Bilal Powell accomplished it four of the five. That's one of three running backs Crowell potentially will split work with in 2018, likely putting him on pace to get around 180 carries without a lot of catches. The goal-line gig should be his, but you already know about the Jets' inability to give their backs lots of scores. If you like to wait for running backs on Draft Day, Crowell is someone you'll consider in Round 9 in standard and Round 10 in PPR. He's best as a quality reserve Fantasy rusher, but expect someone to be desperate enough to claim him as a low-end starter on Draft Day.
Crowell (concussion) participated in individual drills at Saturday's practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports. Crowell suffered a concussion during the Jets' preseason opener against the Falcons and his been sidelined since. His presence at practice, albeit in a limited capacity, indicates he is trending toward a return. With Elijah McGuire (foot) also sidelined, Bilal Powell has been functioning as the team's top back.
Crowell (concussion) won't suit up for Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Crowell remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after he was confirmed to have suffered the head injury in the Jets' exhibition opener. With Elijah McGuire (foot) also sidelined, Bilal Powell will function as the Jets' clear top back Thursday, though he'll likely have his reps limited along with most members of the first-team offense.
Coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Crowell suffered a concussion during Friday's preseason game against the Falcons, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. The Jets are without three running backs at the moment: Crowell for an undetermined amount of time, Elijah McGuire (foot) through at least mid-September and Thomas Rawls with an unknown injury. There's no telling when Crowell will gain clearance for practice or games, but Bilal Powell is the clear-cut No. 1 back at the moment in New York, with Trenton Cannon acting as the top healthy reserve option.
Crowell views himself as a three-down back, but the New York Post's Brian Costello thinks both Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire will play sizable roles at running back as well. Crowell logged a career-high 206 carries with the Browns last season, but he ceded the majority of pass-catching duties to Duke Johnson and finished with a mere 182 yards on 28 receptions. Costello believes both Powell and McGuire are better receivers out of the backfield, so the 25-year-old Crowell is likely to find himself without a three-down role in his new location as well. That being said, Crowell is still the favorite to lead New York in production on the ground.
Crowell agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Jets on Wednesday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. Crowell is fully guaranteed $4 million, which seems reasonable for the physical back, who will help fill the void created by the retirement of Matt Forte. With the Jets, Crowell is in line to work in some form of a timeshare with Bilal Powell and second-year back Elijah McGuire.
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