Jets' Matt Forte: Expected to split work with Powell again

Jets offensive coordinator John Morton expects to deploy Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell in a committee at running back during the upcoming season, Daryl Slater of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Forte said he has no problem splitting snaps, but hopes Morton will go with a hot-hand approach, rather than using him and Powell in specific roles. Forte opened last season getting a heavy workload on the ground under former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, with Powell handling most of the passing-down work before taking on more carries as the season progressed. As one of the most prolific pass-catching backs in league history, Forte hopes to rotate by series rather than by downs. Forte may ultimately find himself taking a back seat to Powell in all regards, as the 28-year-old averaged 5.5 yards per carry (on 131 attempts) and caught 58 passes last season, while Forte ran for just 3.7 yards per carry (218 attempts) and had 30 receptions. Forte did produce 6.1 yards per target compared to Powell's 5.2, perhaps lending some credence to the veteran's belief that he should be more involved in the passing game. Forte played part of last season with a torn meniscus and had surgery in early January, but there's been no indication the knee is still an issue.

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