Brandon Powell

Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #1
Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #1

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Two touches in season finale

Powell secured one of three targets for two yards and rushed once for 15 yards during Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss to the Seahawks. He also returned three punts for 22 yards and one kickoff for 17 yards.

Analysis: Powell's usage fell in line with what became typical for the return specialist in the second half of the season. Despite an uptick in playing time, Powell managed a pedestrian 23-156-0 receiving line in 2022, while tacking on an additional 17 rushing attempts for 80 yards, all career highs. Powell heads into 2023 as an unrestricted free agent after a pair of one-year deals with the Rams, and a similar deal may be in the cards for the journeyman.

Jan 9, 2023 11:03 AM EST

Does little with extended play time

Powell rushed once for six yards and caught one of two targets for three yards during Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Powell was on the field for three-quarters of the Rams' snaps on offense, yet his stat line was more or less typical for him on the season. Powell was also failed to record a single kick or punt return for the first time all season, and despite the uptick in usage in the last two games, the return specialist's stock is trending downward heading into a season finale against the Seahawks.

Jan 2, 2023 10:43 AM EST

Five touches in blowout

Powell caught all three of his targets for 12 yards and rushed twice for three yards during Sunday's 51-14 win versus the Broncos. He also returned one punt for 12 yards.

Analysis: Powell's usage in the blowout victory spiked significantly compared to prior weeks, as he was on the field for 40 snaps on offense, far more than the 21 total snaps he logged the previous two weeks combined. Despite the increased time on the field, he was unable to do much with his touches, averaging a paltry three yards per touch, and his normally robust role as a return specialist was stymied by the Broncos only kicking a total of five times during the game, in part due to a whopping four interceptions from Denver quarterbacks. Powell's role in the offense is unlikely to change, even with the surge in snap counts, which takes some of the shine off a tantalizing matchup with a soft Chargers defense in Week 17.

Dec 26, 2022 8:04 AM EST

Barely utilized in loss

Powell caught one of two targets for four yards and rushed once for three yards during Monday's 24-12 loss to the Packers. He also returned one punt for eight yards and five kickoffs for 99 yards.

Analysis: Powell's role in the offense has been sliding downward in recent weeks, even with Cooper Kupp (foot) and Allen Robinson (ankle) done for the year. With just seven snaps on offense against Green Bay, Powell recorded his lowest snap count since Week 10 against Arizona. On a positive note, Powell's 107 total return yards marked a season-high for the speedster, and he also managed two touches on his limited snaps after being shut out entirely during Week 14 against the Raiders.

Dec 20, 2022 8:34 AM EST

Fails to record a catch

Powell (illness) failed to secure either of his two targets during Thursday's 17-16 win against the Raiders. He also returned four kicks for 73 yards.

Analysis: Powell's zero in the stat sheet on offense could potentially be attributed to the illness that had him listed as questionable prior to Thursday's contest, which coincides with his sharp drop from 26 snaps to 14 between Week 13 and 14. Fantasy managers hoping for a repeat of his robust performance in Seattle, where he managed to bring in four catches for 39 yards and tacked on 45 rushing yards on three attempts, had to be disappointed with the goose egg. Powell will look to bounce back with a lengthy period to rest between now and Week 15's Monday Night Football showdown with Green Bay.

Dec 9, 2022 10:58 AM EST

Active for TNF

Powell (illness) will be available to play Thursday versus the Raiders.

Analysis: Powell popped up with an illness Wednesday and was deemed questionable to play Week 14. However, it appears he overcame this ailment in time for Thursday Night Football. With top wideouts Cooper Kupp (foot) and Allen Robinson (ankle) both on injured reserve, Powell should slot into a reserve role alongside Tutu Atwell and Lance McCutcheon (shoulder), the latter of whom has also been ruled active to play.

Dec 8, 2022 4:14 PM EST

Late addition to injury report

Powell didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness and is questionable for Thursday's matchup against Las Vegas, Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee reports.

Analysis: Powell landed on the injury report Wednesday as a non-participant due to an illness and may be sidelined Thursday. Lance McCutcheon (shoulder) is also questionable, so the Rams' passing attack, which is already depleted, may be without two depth options against Las Vegas.

Dec 7, 2022 2:58 PM EST

Productive against Seattle

Powell caught all four of his targets for 39 yards and gained 45 rushing yards on three carries in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: The 27-year-old led the Rams in scrimmage yards in his most productive performance since he was a rookie, when he popped for 103 receiving yards in Week 17 of the 2018 season as a Lion. Powell's versatility is becoming useful for an offense that's missing its top two wideouts in Cooper Kupp (ankle) and Allen Robinson (foot), but no Rams receiver will be an appealing fantasy option in Week 14, even against the Raiders.

Dec 4, 2022 7:31 PM EST

Two catches in loss

Powell secured both of his targets for six yards in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Chiefs. He also returned three kicks for 78 yards.

Analysis: Even with Allen Robinson (foot) and Cooper Kupp (ankle) out, Powell's role didn't expand much beyond his usual few touches on offense. Tutu Atwell and Lance McCutcheon (shoulder) both were on the field for nearly the same amount of time as Powell, and the trio will all get some work as the third wideout behind starters Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek with Robinson out for the season and Kupp unlikely to return with the Rams fading fast from playoff contention.

Nov 28, 2022 11:10 AM EST

Uptick in playing time

Powell rushed once for minus-one yard and caught both of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Saints. He also returned two punts for nine yards and one kickoff for 34 yards.

Analysis: Powell's lengthy kickoff return was critical in setting up Tutu Atwell's first career touchdown, a 62-yard bomb that kicked off scoring on the day for the Rams. More encouraging for Powell was the 20 snaps he saw on offense, his second most in a game so far this season. The Rams' primary return man may continue to enjoy a more expanded role on offense while Cooper Kupp (ankle) misses time.

Nov 21, 2022 11:19 AM EST

Sparse usage in defeat

Powell rushed once for seven yards and failed to secure his only target in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Cardinals. He also returned thre epunts for 30 yards and two kickoffs for 32 yards.

Analysis: Powell's usage was nearly a carbon copy of last week's game against the Buccaneers, with a single target and five offensive snaps. Powell also opened the contest with a seven-yard rush on the fourth play of the game, but would fail to accrue another yard outside of his punt and kick return duties from there. Cooper Kupp (ankle) may miss some time, however, and Powell's role could grow back into what it was in Week 6 against the Panthers, with 24 snaps on offense, four receptions for 27 yards and three rushing attempts for 13 yards.

Nov 14, 2022 10:38 AM EST

One catch in limited action

Powell caught his lone target for four yards and returned five kicks for 75 yards in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Powell was a busy man on special teams, recording a season high in return yardage despite a muffed punt (that he recovered) in the first quarter. On the offensive side, Powell's usage remains extremely limited, as he only took the field for five snaps. The slight bump in usage that the speedster enjoyed in Weeks 5 and 6 with a combined 35 snaps is seemingly over, and Powell's role has reverted to being used primarily as a punt and kick returner heading into a Week 10 contest against the Cardinals.

Nov 7, 2022 8:52 AM EST

Listed as active Sunday

Powell (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: In the Rams' 24-10 win over the Panthers in Week 6, Powell hauled in four of his five targets for 27 yards and rushed three times for 13 yards, but with Van Jefferson off IR and back in the team's wideout mix Sunday, Powell's volume could take a hit in Week 8, thus making him a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

Oct 30, 2022 12:10 PM EST

Expected to play in Week 8

Powell (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers but expected to play, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Powell saw more involvement on offense with Cam Akers (personal) sidelined in the Rams' previous game, notching three carries in addition to five targets. The wide receiver should continue to operate as the return man on special teams in addition to possibly seeing a few rushing opportunities with Akers having been ruled out once again.

Oct 28, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Pops up on injury report Thursday

Powell (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Powell popped up on Thursday's injury report with an apparent ankle injury, leaving his availability for Sunday's contest against the 49ers in question. If the 27-year-old is unable to gain medical clearance before the weekend, then Tutu Atwell could see more reps at WR behind Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson and Ben Skowronek, while Kupp would also likely handle punt returns for the time being.

Oct 27, 2022 4:57 PM EST

Season high four catches in win

Powell caught four of five targets for 27 yards and rushed three times for 13 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win against the Panthers. He also returned one punt for 15 yards.

Analysis: Powell nearly doubled his season total in snaps in Sunday's victory, taking the field for 25 offensive snaps and turning that into a total of seven touches for 40 yards. In the fourth quarter, Powell had a clutch 16-yard catch to set up a Darrell Henderson rushing touchdown to ice the game for the Rams. The expanded usage for the speedy return man may be short lived, as the Rams go on bye in Week 7, and Van Jefferson (knee) is eligible to return in Week 8.

Oct 17, 2022 12:54 PM EST

Returns three punts

Powell rushed once for one yard and returned three punts for 19 yards during Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: For the second straight week, Powell found himself without a target in the passing game, despite seeing the field for a season-high 11 offensive snaps. It was also a season-low in return yards for the speedy return man, and Powell's lone touch on offense was stuffed after just one yard. Despite the lack of stats, the increase in playing time could yield fruit in a Week 6 tilt with a struggling Panthers squad.

Oct 10, 2022 1:12 PM EST

Held without a catch

Powell rushed once for 11 yards and returned three kicks for 58 yards during Monday's 24-9 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: It was the first game of the season in which Powell wasn't targeted in the passing game, a slight surprise as Tutu Atwell was inactive for the game, leaving Powell as the team's field-stretching speedster. Powell still managed to record a single touch out of his six offensive snaps with an 11-yard scamper in the second quarter, and he'll look to bounce back in a Week 5 tilt against the Cowboys.

Oct 4, 2022 10:54 AM EST

Three catches in win

Powell caught all three of his targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 20-12 victory against the Cardinals. He also returned four kicks for 74 yards.

Analysis: Despite another week of scant usage on offense with just six offensive snaps, Powell made the most out of his time on the turf, connecting with Matthew Stafford on three targets. He also busted out a nifty 31-yard kick return and remains the primary return man for the Rams heading into a Week 4 matchup with San Francisco.

Sep 26, 2022 8:35 AM EST

Takes intentional safety

Powell caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 31-27 win against the Falcons. He also returned two kicks for 14 yards and rushed once for -26 yards.

Analysis: The glaring negative rushing yardage came late in the game, as the Rams elected to take an intentional safety on fourth down with just 13 seconds remaining, rather than punt, and trusted Powell as the man to handle the job. Other than the safety, Powell was only on the field for five other offensive snaps, and seems relegated to kick returning duty with Van Jefferson (knee) likely to return soon.

Sep 19, 2022 10:45 AM EST

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