Crowell rushed 10 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 48-17 win over the Lions.
Crowell and Bilal Powell took turns in the Jets backfield, and although both players fared well, it was Crowell who made the bigger impact. The offseason signing opened New York's scoring with a six-yard touchdown scamper during the first quarter, then exploded for a 62-yarder on his second trip to pay dirt. Those contributions made for a marvelous debut and should give Crowell confidence ahead of Sunday's home opener against the Dolphins.
Crowell (undisclosed) is just "sore" and will be ready for Week 1, per coach Todd Bowles, Connor Hughes of The Athletic New York reports.
Crowell thus slots into the day-to-day category, which sets the stage for he and Bilal Powell to form a committee arrangement atop the Jets' RB depth chart to start the coming season. In such a scenario, it's not hard to imagine the 5-fooot-11, 225-pound Crowell seeing a good chunk of his work on early downs, while Powell makes more of a dent in passing situations. Of course, the time-share could tilt in either back's direction if a "hot hand" develops, but generally Crowell's value is a bit higher in standard formats than it is in PPR arrangements.
Crowell rushed four times for six yards and caught both of his targets for 18 yards in Friday's 22-16 preseason loss to the Giants.
Crowell played 10 snaps to Bilal Powell's 25, though that discrepancy in workload was likely due to New York easing its offseason acquisition back in after he missed the previous game while in the concussion protocol. The former Browns running back didn't get much going on the ground, but he once again displayed some nice receiving skills. While Crowell never caught more than 40 balls in a season with Cleveland, his preseason usage suggests he's primed to blow by that mark in New York despite likely operating in a timeshare with Powell.
Crowell sat out last Thursday's game against Washington, but he has since been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol. He figures to see some carries Friday, as should Bilal Powell and others. Once the regular season starts, look for the bruising Crowell to head the Jets' backfield committee, an arrangement that should also lead to Powell getting his share of touches. With Elijah McGuire dealing with a foot injury, the team's No. 3 back has yet to be determined. Thomas Rawls, Charcandrick West, Trenton Cannon and George Atkinson are in contention for the spot.
Crowell has been cleared from the concussion protocol, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Crowell returned to individual drills Saturday and seems to be back in team drills Monday. He suffered the concussion during New York's preseason opener, subsequently missing last week's exhibition against the Redskins. Crowell should be back for Friday's preseason game against the Giants to split first-team backfield work with Bilal Powell. Both running backs got a slight value bump when Elijah McGuire had foot surgery at the end of July.
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