The New York Jets may not have considered Bilal Powell their feature back certainly not when they brought in Mike Goodson and Chris Ivory during free agency but Powell’s durability has meant his number keeps getting called.

The competition for a spot in the rotation may have been beneficial in another way however.

“I just came in more focused this year” Powell said. “I just tried to pick up as much of the playbook as I could and that allowed me to go out there play more comfortable and play faster.”

Last week against Buffalo Powell ran for 149 yards the third-most in the NFL for Week 3. He is the seventh-leading rusher in the league this season.

This week since Ivory missed Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first quarter of the Bills game Powell could find himself the No. 1 back again.

“He’s a very very steady back he’s always been dependable” running-backs coach Anthony Lynn said. “He’s always had a skill set that can cover -- between the tackles outside the tackles receiving skills blocking skills. He has a complete skill set and that allows him to stay on the field. Even if he’s not the feature back he would be on the field a lot.”

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Powell is “deceptive” in that he plays bigger and stronger than the 5-foot-10 204-pound player appears.

“He’s breaking tackles he’s making guys miss” Mornhinweg said.

Powell was asked how such a high-yardage game made him feel and he replied “sore.” He’ll have to wait a week for relief since Goodson’s suspension for violating the league’s substance policy won’t be over until next Monday. Even if Powell isn’t as big and broad as those backs he hasn’t been injured.