Brandon Powell

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #1
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #1

Brandon Powell News

Heading to Buffalo

The Bills signed Powell (foot) to a contract Friday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: Powell contributed in both the return and offensive game for the Falcons during the 2020 campaign, with 8.9 yards per punt return and two touchdowns as well. The versatile player flashed promise over his 15 appearances last season, catching 12 of his 18 targets for 69 yards. Powells' speed at receiver and in the return game will hopefully provide the Bills with a notable boost this year.

Mar 26, 2021 12:47 PM EST


Won't face Bucs in finale

Powell (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Powell never seemed especially likely to go Week 17, as the return man was unable to submit even a limited practice session heading into Sunday's finale. He'll close out the year with 8.9 yards per punt return, good for eighth best in the NFL. The 25-year-old also saw his offensive role increase as the campaign progressed, contributing seven of his 12 receptions over his final five appearances of 2020.

Jan 1, 2021 11:54 AM EST



Still not practicing

Powell (foot) did not practice Thursday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Powell played through his foot issue during last weekend's loss to the Chiefs, but he's now missed back-to-back practices. The Falcons would need to delegate another option in the return game if Powell can't suit up Week 17 versus the Buccaneers.

Dec 31, 2020 12:44 PM EST


Sits out Wednesday's practice

Powell (foot) did not participate during Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Powell was confronted with a foot issue going into the Falcons' Week 16 matchup against the Chiefs. He found a way to suit up, however, fielding 13 offensive snaps while recording a two-yard catch during last Sunday's loss. The 25-year-old remains without a missed game on the season, and he will try to power through once more as Atlanta travels to take on the Buccaneers to close out the 2020 campaign.

Dec 31, 2020 5:34 AM EST


Active for Week 16

Powell (foot) is active for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: With Julio Jones (hamstring) out of the lineup, Powell should handle a decent workload Sunday. In the last two games without Jones, Powell played at least 43 percent of the snaps on offense. However, he didn't capitalize on the extra opportunities in that stretch, catching just three passes for 14 yards.

Dec 27, 2020 8:36 AM EST



Questionable for Week 16

Powell (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Powell popped up on the injury report Thursday with an unspecified foot injury, and he remained a limited participant in Friday's practice. With Julio Jones (hamstring) sidelined, Powell's potential absence would presumably allow Christian Blake to handle a large role behind Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Dec 25, 2020 10:03 AM EST


Limited in practice Thursday

Powell (foot) was limited during Thursday's practice session, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Powell practiced in full Wednesday, so he may have picked up the foot injury during practice that day. Though the second-year wideout has made minimal contributions on offense this season (11 catches on 16 targets for 67 yards), his absence would be felt on special teams as he serves as Atlanta's primary kickoff and punt returner.

Dec 24, 2020 1:59 PM EST


Tears off long return

Powell corralled his only target for a nine-yard gain, adding one kick-return attempt for 22 yards and three punt returns for 40 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Powell's 20-yard punt return at the 9:07 mark of the fourth quarter situated Atlanta near midfield with a chance to overtake the lead, however, Matt Ryan committed the first of a pair of late-game interceptions 11 plays later. The Florida product will likely continue to carry a peripheral offensive role for weeks when the receiving corps is depleted by injury. Most of his value, however, resides on special teams where he's averaging a respectable 9.3 yards per attempt on punt returns this season.

Dec 15, 2020 6:19 AM EST


Snags second TD of 2020

Powell reeled in both of his targets for four receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: Opportunities opened up for Atlanta's secondary wide receivers Week 12, as Julio Jones (hamstring) was ruled out before kickoff and Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) had to exit partway through the contest due to injury. Powell capitalized, collecting his second TD reception over his past three appearances. He's made an impact on special teams as well, with the 25-year-old's 8.7 yards-per-return average ranking 12th in the NFL among players with at least 10 attempts.

Dec 1, 2020 6:58 AM EST


Little offensive impact

Powell rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Even with Julio Jones missing a big chunk of the game with a hamstring injury, Powell handled just six snaps on offense. His main contributions continue to come on special teams, where he's the Falcons' primary option to return kicks and punts.

Nov 24, 2020 3:42 PM EST


Secures first NFL TD

Powell corralled his lone target for a nine-yard touchdown, adding a four-yard rush during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos. He also registered a 13-yard punt return.

Analysis: Powell was able to maneuver by Justin Simmons for the second-quarter score, out-positioning the talented free safety on a nine-yard out route to secure his first TD in the NFL. With Calvin Ridley (foot) sitting out Week 9, Powell garnered his third-highest offensive workload of the season (10 snaps). Ridley and the Falcons' receiving corps will have a chance to recover from injury over the Week 10 bye, potentially lessening Powell's offensive role when the team returns Nov. 22 against New Orleans.

Nov 9, 2020 11:18 AM EST


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.

Oct 22, 2020 3:38 PM EST


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.

Oct 21, 2020 6:44 PM EST


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.

Sep 28, 2020 11:00 AM EST


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.

Sep 5, 2020 8:47 PM EST


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.

Aug 31, 2020 7:54 PM EST


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.

Aug 27, 2020 4:55 PM EST


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.

Apr 20, 2020 8:53 AM EST


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.

Dec 27, 2019 2:28 PM EST


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.

Dec 26, 2019 2:21 PM EST


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