Justin Forsett enters the season in a battle for playing time with the Ravens. After breaking out in a big way in 2014, Forsett struggled over 10 games in 2015, averaging 79.4 total yards per game and scoring only two rushing touchdowns (Joe Flacco rushed for more). Then he broke his arm and watched Javorius Allen reel off 89.6 total yards per game and three total touchdowns over the last seven weeks. And then he saw the team add Kenneth Dixon, a great pass-catching rookie, in the draft. Fully healed, Forsett not only has to fight for a starting job but also must try to take snaps away from younger, fresher and potentially more effective running backs. Between the expected timeshare in the Ravens backfield, an offensive line skewing younger and the lack of healthy receivers to keep defenses honest, Forsett isn't very appealing. Let someone else draft him hoping for a bounce-back season -- he's worth nothing more than a late-round pick.
Forsett had two catches for 14 yards and two carries for zero yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions. Forsett started and got the first touch, but Kenneth Dixon (leg/knee) was also heavily involved from the outset, with Terrance West even mixing in a little, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Forsett's lack of playing time this preseason suggests his starting job is safe, but his small workload has allowed the Ravens to get an extended luck at Dixon and West, both of whom have impressed. Dixon did exit Saturday's game with an apparent knee injury, but only after gaining 41 yards on six carries. Furthermore, Javorius Allen could also be involved in the offense, particularly on passing downs. Forsett figures to start Week 1 against Buffalo, but the extent of his workload remains to be seen.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says Forsett looks like the same player that made the Pro Bowl two seasons ago, the team's official site reports. Terrance West and rookie Kenneth Dixon have received hype during training camp, but coach John Harbaugh said Forsett has also been quite impressive. Though a broken arm limited him to just 10 appearances last year, Forsett is only two seasons removed from a campaign in which he ran for 1,266 yards on 5.4 YPC. Even with competition at the position heating up, Forsett still seems like the favorite to start in Week 1. However, there's a good chance the Ravens will have at least two or three running backs with significant roles in the offense.
Forsett (broken arm) is 100 percent healthy, The Baltimore Sun reports. Now more than five months removed from breaking his arm, Forsett was always expected to make a full recovery long before the start of training camp. He was a full participant in Baltimore's first round of OTAs, reportedly looking like his usual self. The only question is how he'll fare in the competition for snaps and touches, as he and Javorius Allen are expected to battle in training camp, with fourth-round rookie Kenneth Dixon also a candidate to earn a role.
Forsett, who is bouncing back from a broken arm that landed him on IR last season, noted recently that his recovery is progressing well, while adding that he has already resumed lifting weights. Moreover, the report notes that Forsett plans to undergo X-rays in the next week in order to see just how far along he is in his recovery, but at this stage, he expects to be back to 100 percent before too long. Once he is, Forsett is slated to approach offseason workouts "as the leader in the race" for the team's top running back job, but he'll face some competition on that front from the likes of Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West, and possibly Trent Richardson, who is expected to join the team's backfield mix. Before suffering his injury last November, Forsett started the Ravens' first 10 games of the 2015 season, recording 641 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 151 attempts, to go along with 31 catches for 153 receiving yards in that span.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Forsett (broken arm) will remain with the team in 2016, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports. Forsett is entering the second season of a reasonable three-year contract, but there was perhaps some thought the Ravens might release him after Javorius Allen finished the season strong. Forsett should be healthy before the offseason program starts, but head coach John Harbaugh suggested that the veteran will face stiff competition from Allen for the lead-back role.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||@New York Giants||26||20.38|
|7||10/23||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|14||12/13||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|3 Year Avg||131||646||3||30||166||0||98|