Apparently not satisfied with their running back position even after the acquisition and re-signing of LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills are believed to be interested in the services of free agent tailback Bilal Powell, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Powell, 26, is a four-year veteran that has played his entire career for Bills head coach Rex Ryan while with the New York Jets. He's never been a featured back in his pro career, but has been a fairly dependable (if underwhelming) reserve. The former fourth-round pick out of Louisville has 332 career rushes for 1,296 yards and six touchdowns.
More intriguingly, Powell is a capable special teams player. He took part in 266 special teams snaps for the Jets last year, which would have ranked him second on the team had he been playing in Buffalo.
Given his potential as a runner and his ability on special teams, adding Powell would feel a lot like last year's signing of Anthony Dixon in free agency. Time will tell if McCoy's presence gives Powell any pause about leaving the Jets. One also wonders how incumbent Bills players like Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown feel about the Bills' interest in Powell, as well.
I can assure you Fred Jackson is monitoring these Bilal Powell reports closely.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) March 8, 2015