With Ivory not playing, you can't help but wonder how much of a downgrade the Jets' running game suffered with Powell in there. Maybe there was none at all. After all, Powell started another week three game in place of Ivory three weeks ago and ran for almost 150 yards, more than Ivory ever has as a Jet. The outcome yesterday was very different though, although the Jets abandoned the running game pretty early on.
To Powell's credit, he generated some excellent production in the second half. While he rushed just four times for 11 yards, Powell caught six of his career high seven receptions after half time, for 44 yards, breaking a few tackles and fighting for extra yardage on his way to three first downs. It's a shame he couldn't do more in the running game, though, because he did appear to hesitate on a couple of runs where he looked like he could have made a good gain if he hit the hole hard.
Powell was targeted eight times, with the only incompletion coming on a low Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that he was unable to scoop up off the turf. He did also have a couple of good blitz pick-ups.
The performance from Zac Stacy provided a stark reminder for anyone who has been calling for Bryce Petty, Matt Flynn or Walt Powell to get an opportunity that producing against back-ups in preseason doesn't necessarily translate to regular season production. While Stacy has produced at the NFL level in the past, he looked slow and indecisive in making just one yard on his four touches. While you could say that he didn't get much of a chance because of the blocking in front of him, there was one play where he should have been able to bounce it outside for a good gain. Re-watching that, I could picture exactly what Ivory would have been able to do in the same situation.
Interestingly, fullback Tommy Bohanon was only in for four plays. While a part of that is obviously that they didn't run the ball very much, this perhaps suggests that they might be considering phasing him out of the offense since there are others that can motion into that position from the "11" personnel group. That being the case, the experiment didn't seem to go so well and perhaps the Jets will use Bohanon more next week to see if the running game functions better with him in there, even though he himself has been inconsistent.
Next up...when one receiver admits he "played like crap" despite outproducing the rest, what does that say about everybody else?