The rebuilding New York Jets had bigger needs than running back in the NFL Draft. They didn't grab a runner until the sixth round, leaving Matt Forte and Bilal Powell to fight it out for the starting job.
BookMaker.eu has released on odds who the Jets' starting running back will be. And they're kind of shocking.
The market-setting offshore book lists Forte, 31, as a -200 favorite, meaning you'd have to risk $200 to win $100 on Forte. Powell, 28, is a +150 underdog, meaning you'd win $150 for every $100 wagered on Powell.
The field -- any other player -- is a huge +1,500 underdog.
Jumping on Powell is a no-brainer.
At this point in their respective careers, Powell is a far more explosive back. He averaged a career-best 5.5 yards per carry compared to Forte's 3.7 last season.
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It was the least productive season of Forte's nine-year career.
While both are tremendous pass-catchers, Powell has a lot more tread left on his tires. Powell has 703 career touches, compared to Forte's 2,770 touches.
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Late last season, as Forte dealt with various injuries, Powell handled the bulk of the work. In the Jets' 23-17 overtime win in San Francisco, Powell erupted for 179 yards from scrimmage after Forte left with a knee injury.
The No. 3 back is Elijah McGuire, a sixth-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette.
It's clear what Jets coach Todd Bowles should do: start Powell and rotate in Forte, primarily as a pass-catcher.
Back Powell at +150 to open the season as the New York Jets' starting running back.