Bilal Powell has a lot less company at practice than anticipated.
The Jets running back was expected to be part of a group of four players competing for snaps in the backfield this summer, but he’s been the only one who has been able to practice every day of training camp. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the latest problem is an apparent concussion for Joe McKnight that kept him out of practice on Monday.
McKnight started camp on the PUP list after failing his conditioning test and the 2010 fourth-round pick might be pushing himself on the wrong side of the bubble if not for the other issues at the position. Chris Ivory dressed for practice Monday, but didn’t participate in team or position drills because of the hamstring injury that’s kept him off the field for most of camp. Mike Goodson has yet to report and may not be part of the team after his offseason arrest on gun and drug charges.
Powell drew good reviews for his play in Saturday’s scrimmage — coach Rex Ryan said, via the Newark Star-Ledger, that he’s “really taken the reins” — but the Jets will need more than one back to get through the season. Finding that second back is proving to be more difficult than anyone with the Jets would have liked.