Brandon Powell

Brandon Powell

Wide Receiver #1
Team: Detroit Lions
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 186 lb.
College:Florida
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Brandon Powell: All clear Thursday

Powell (elbow) was absent from Thursday's injury report, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Powell popped up on the injury report Wednesday, as the elbow issue limited him in practice. Now healthy, expect the Florida product to assume his usual duties as the team's return man, while mixing in with depth receiving snaps. In six games this season, the 25-year-old has supplied three catches for 27 yards, 208 kick return yards and 79 punt return yards.

October 22, 2020 3:38 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Listed on injury report

Powell (elbow) was limited during Wednesday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old has three receptions for 27 yards on the season, but all of that involvement occurred during Week 3 while Julio Jones sat out with a hamstring injury. Russell Gage also exited that contest after playing 12 offensive snaps because of a concussion. Most of Powell's involvement has come on special teams, where he ranks third in the NFL with a 9.9 yards-per-punt-return average. Powell wasn't noted as having an injury immediately following Atlanta's Week 6 win over Minnesota, but his status is one to monitor heading into a matchup against his former team in the Lions.

October 21, 2020 6:44 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Contributes as pass catcher

Powell hauled in three of his four targets for a total of 27 receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: With Julio Jones (hamstring) ruled out pregame and Russell Gage forced to exit early Sunday because of a head injury, Atlanta was left thin at receiver. Against the Bears, Powell saw offensive snaps in a game for just the second time since 2018, after he spent 2019 bouncing between the Falcons' practice squad and active roster without ever fielding a regular-season snap. If Jones and Gage are unable to play Week 4 against the Packers, Powell would be in line for wide receiver snaps behind Calvin Ridley, Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus.

September 28, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Brandon Powell: To get shot as returner

Powell is expected to be Atlanta's primary returner for Week 1, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The veteran return man prepares to make his first regular-season appearance in over 20 months, after riding out 2019 as a member of the Falcons' practice squad. When last active on special teams with Detroit in 2018, Powell picked up eight yards on two punt return attempts, as well as 43 kick return yards on two additional returns (across six total games played). Powell beat out undrafted rookie Chris Rowland for this opportunity after the Falcons parted way with 2019 return specialist Kenjon Barner over the offseason.

September 5, 2020 8:47 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Back at it again

Powell returned to practice Monday after missing time last week with an undisclosed injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Dan Quinn said that Powell is back at "full speed," which is great news considering his anticipated role for Atlanta this season. The former Florida Gator continues to be a front-runner to serve as the Falcons' primary returner this season, but he will have to hold off undrafted rookie Chris Rowland to secure the role. He last played an NFL game Week 17 of 2018 as a member of the Lions, providing six catches for 103 yards during a rout of the Packers in a showdown of six-win teams. More recently, Powell spent time as a member of the Falcons' practice squad during 2019.

August 31, 2020 7:54 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Out for Thursday's practice

Powell (undisclosed) was a non-participant during Thursday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The former Lion is in competition with rookie Chris Rowland for the role of Falcons return man, but his bid for that spot has been paused by a minor injury suffered during Wednesday's practice. Coach Dan Quinn described the issue as being nothing of great concern, so the hope is that Powell can return to the field in short order and resume his push for a roster spot. Though Atlanta remains deep at his offensive position of wide receiver, Powell is very much in the mix to reserve a roster slot by way of his returning abilities.

August 27, 2020 4:55 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Could stick as return specialist

Coach Dan Quinn said Powell is the current favorite to operate as Atlanta's return specialist in 2020, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Powell played six games for the Lions in 2018 but wasn't able to make their 53-man roster last summer. He then caught on with the Falcons, spending time on the practice squad and active roster without ever playing in a game. Powell won't be assured of anything in 2020, facing competition for both return work and a depth spot at wide receiver. However, a strong summer could put him in position to challenge Russell Gage for slot work in three-wide formations.

April 20, 2020 8:53 AM EST

Brandon Powell: Ruled out Week 17

Powell (wrist) was officially ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Bucaneers.

Analysis: Powell popped up on the injury report Thursday and was downgraded to no practice time Friday. This news signifies his 2019 season has finished, and Powell failed to see the field for the Falcons in any contest during the year.

December 27, 2019 2:28 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Surfaces on injury report

Powell (wrist) put in a limited practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Powell appears to have picked up the injury in practice Wednesday as he didn't appear on the report until the next day. He has yet to appear in a game for the Falcons since joining the club.

December 26, 2019 2:21 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Snags two passes in preseason opener

Powell caught two passes on two targets for 27 yards during Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots.

Analysis: The last time we saw Powell in a live game setting was in Week 17 of last season when he drew the start against the Packers and caught six of nine targets for 103 yards. While there weren't many bright spots Thursday for the Lions on a night they got beat 31-3, Powell at least made a couple of plays and looks to have picked up where he left off from last year. The No. 4 receiver job in Detroit appears to be wide open and no other pass catcher did much to distinguish himself.

August 8, 2019 8:02 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Erupts for 103 receiving yards

Powell caught six of nine targets for 103 yards during Sunday's victory over the Packers.

Analysis: Making his first career start in the absence of Kenny Golladay (chest), Powell made play after play en route to setting career highs across the board. The undrafted rookie picked a great time to make a name for himself, as the Lions now enter the offseason with two blue-chip assets at wideout (Golladay and Marvin Jones) but no established player to man the slot. Depending on how free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft shakes out, Powell could conceivably enter the training camp as one of the favorites to earn the gig.

December 30, 2018 7:07 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Catches one pass against Minnesota

Powell caught one of two targets for nine yards during Sunday's 27-9 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Jones earned multiple targets for a second consecutive week in Bruce Ellington's (hamstring) absence. However, both Andy Jones and TJ Jones saw significantly more targets and snaps than him behind entrenched No. 1 wideout Kenny Golladay, making Powell a risky fantasy options even in the deepest of leagues when the Lions reconvene for the team's Week 17 season finale against the Packers.

December 23, 2018 6:06 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Catches three passes

Powell caught three passes for 11 yards during Sunday's 14-13 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: In Bruce Ellington's (hamstring) absence, Andy Jones (45 snaps) and TJ Jones (36) saw much more playing time than Powell (12). While Powell saw just as much action in the passing game as either of them anyway, none of them were given the opportunities on offense to make game-breaking plays. It'll continue to be hard to trust any Lions wideout not named Kenny Golladay over the final two weeks of the 2018 season.

December 17, 2018 10:56 AM EST

Brandon Powell: Absent from injury report

Powell (calf) is not listed on the Lions' injury report Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Powell has missed the last two games with the calf issue but appears healthy heading into Week 15. The 22-year-old was a healthy scratch for the previous two games before suffering the calf injury, so he may not have been a factor offensively regardless. Bruce Ellington sustained a hamstring injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals and didn't practice Wednesday, which could provide an opportunity for Powell should he miss any time.

December 12, 2018 5:02 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Inactive Sunday

Powell (calf) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals,Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: Powell will miss his third straight week. He likely would not have been a factor in the offense anyway as he is buried on the depth chart.

December 9, 2018 12:14 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Receives questionable tag

Powell (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Powell was a full participant at practice Thursday but regressed to limited participation Friday to earn the questionable tag. The 22-year-old is unlikely to be involved offensively regardless, as he was a healthy inactive the week prior to suffering the calf injury in late November.

December 7, 2018 1:47 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Practices in full

Powell (calf) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Powell was limited in practice to begin the week, but now appears on track to suit up against the Cardinals on Sunday. The undrafted rookie has only caught one pass for six yards this season, but could be in line for notable targets with Kenny Golladay (quadriceps) and Bruce Ellington (back) both nursing injuries.

December 6, 2018 1:14 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Limited in practice Wednesday

Powell (calf) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Powell has not seen the field since Week 10, and is still nursing a lingering calf issue. With Kenny Golladay (quadriceps) and Bruce Ellington (back) both managing injuries, Powell could see an uptick in offensive snaps if he's able to get healthy in time to play against the Cardinals on Sunday.

December 5, 2018 1:32 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Ruled out Week 13

Powell (calf) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Powell did not practice Friday, and will remain sidelined Week 13 as he manages an undisclosed calf injury. The undrafted rookie's lack of availability is unlikely to hamper Detroit's passing attack in any way, given that he has been a healthy scratch for two straight games.

November 30, 2018 1:55 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Pops up on injury report

Powell (calf) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Powell was not listed on Detroit's injury report to begin the week, so it remains to be seen where he picked up his calf injury. The undrafted rookie has been a healthy scratch for two straight games, and is unlikely to see a notable offensive role against the Rams on Sunday even if he's able to suit up.

November 29, 2018 1:09 PM EST

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