Brandon Powell

Brandon Powell

Wide Receiver #1
Team: Detroit Lions
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 186 lb.
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

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 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

Brandon Powell: Inactive Thursday

Powell (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Powell appeared in three consecutive contests before being listed as a healthy scratch prior to Sunday's win over the Panthers, and he'll once again be held out as the Lions roll with Bruce Ellington, TJ Jones and Andy Jones behind Kenny Golladay.

November 22, 2018 8:44 AM EST

Brandon Powell: Inactive with Ellington suiting up

Powell (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Analysis: The Lions' trade of Golden Tate to the Eagles on Oct. 30 was expected to open up more opportunities for Powell, but the undrafted rookie out of Florida hasn't done much with his opportunities thus far. Though he dressed for each of the past three games, Powell was only targeted three times -- all in last week's 34-22 loss to the Bears -- across 26 offensive snaps. Powell also lost out on kick-return duties against Chicago and will now be excluded from the gameday lineup entirely in Week 11 with the newly signed Andy Jones taking his spot.

November 18, 2018 8:57 AM EST

Brandon Powell: Getting involved on offense

Powell caught one of three targets for six yards during Sunday's 34-22 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Unlike last week's game against the Vikings, Powell actually had a tangible role on offense and ultimately earned more targets than TJ Jones, who caught one of two passes for 12 yards on the day. However, Powell still isn't seeing the type of involvement that would warrant serious fantasy attention. With Bruce Ellington, who signed with Detroit earlier in the week, a significant threat to steal some of his playing time in the short term, it doesn't seem like that sentiment will change anytime soon.

November 11, 2018 5:35 PM EST

Brandon Powell: No offensive snaps despite Tate's departure

Powell did not log an offensive snap during Sunday's 24-9 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: With Golden Tate off to Philly, there was a chance the 5-foot-8 Powell could take on some sort of offensive responsibilities Sunday. However, TJ Jones ended up taking on the majority of Tate's vacated snaps, and fellow depth wideout Andy Jones was even given a couple of plays over Powell, who was used exclusively as the team's return specialist on both punts and kickoffs. Unless the Lions coaching staff suddenly starts giving him some opportunities to produce on offense sometime soon, Powell belongs far off the fantasy radar.

November 5, 2018 12:51 PM EST

Brandon Powell: Could get regular slow work

Powell may get playing time in the slot after Golden Tate was traded to Philadelphia, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Fifth-year pro TJ Jones may seem like an obvious choice to replace Tate in the three-receiver formations that dominate Detroit's offense, but Powell also has a chance to pick up some of the slack. The undrafted rookie out of Florida has been groomed specifically for slot work, and he was actually activated over Jones for Sunday's 28-14 loss to Seattle. The decision to play Powell over Jones may have primarily been motivated by special teams, but it can still be taken as a sign of the team's confidence in the rookie. Regardless of how this plays out, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones figures to be the more fantasy-relevant beneficiaries of added target volume in Tate's absence.

October 31, 2018 11:04 AM EST

Brandon Powell: Used as punt returner in first career game

Powell gained eight yards on two punt returns during Sunday's 28-14 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Powell was active on game day for the first time in his young career but was only asked to field punts while Ameer Abdullah handled kickoff returns. It's possible the Lions will want to give him more chances in this capacity going forward in order to more fairly determine his effective off a larger sample size, and it's not out of the question for the 5-foot-8 speedster to get involved on offense, too. Powell is thus someone to keep an eye on in deep leagues, as he could be the next man up in the slot should the injury bug strike Golden Tate sometime down the line.

October 28, 2018 6:33 PM EST

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