The New York Jets spent top dollar this offseason in upgrading their running back corps. It’s easy to see why their top acquisition will easily get the nod at the position.
With the New York Jets making many offseason moves since that painful season finale loss at Buffalo, one of the most exciting spots on the roster is the running back corps and how it looks on paper heading into training camp.
With running back Chris Ivory being released after having a great 2015 season (1,070 yards rushing) many thought the Jets would take a step back at the positional group and then, they made some major moves.
Matt Fort, Khiry Robinson and the re-signing of Bilal Powell who again had a career season in 2015, will form a new triple threat at running back. They can do it all from power running, having incredible speed and being receiving options out of the backfield.
It’s not hard to predict that Forte will take the glory of being the No. 1 running back come opening week. His career is one that boasts tremendous success with him being twice selected to the Pro Bowl and since his draft night in 2008 (44th Overall), he leads all running backs in the NFL for both total yards rushing from scrimmage (12,718) as well as total receptions (478).
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Forte brings a three down back ability with him able to get in and do all the dirty work.
He can hit those power runs as well as being a great option on counter/toss action plays.
His greatest threat will be as a receiver coming out of the backfield.
With Chan Gailey using many four wide sets be can be a fantastic options as a check out ball coming out of the back field also on screen passes.
Overall, the Jets are in a fantastic position at running back and in one of the best spots in terms of current depth with a fantastic variation of talent. With Powell and Robinson both able to come in and also bring their unique talents on offense, expect to see a huge debut season for Forte on the Jets.