As the New York Jets lost to the Cincinnati Bengals 23-22, running back Matt Forte added a dynamic presence the likes of which haven’t been seen in quite some time.
Speed. Aggression. Burst right out of the pocket. These are just a few attributes that running back Matt Forte brings to the offense of the New York Jets. Many thought the Jets bringing in Forte could have been a mistake in the grand scheme of things. Everyone chimed in that his best days were behind him, hence why the Chicago Bears didn’t re-sign him. They made it clear they wanted to head in a different direction at running back.
The Jets knew to fill the void left by Chris Ivory who left via free agency, they needed someone that was able to keep those chains moving. In his debut with the Jets, Forte posted some incredible numbers which helped the Jets start the season 1-0.
Against the Bengals, Forte totaled a very solid debut. Forte had 96 rushing yards, 22 carries, and had his longest run be 14 yards. In addition to what he can do, Forte also totaled some decent receiving stats out of the backfield.
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Forte led all Jets’ receivers with 59 yards, five receptions, and had a 24-yard long reception.
At the rate Forte is headed, he’s easily going to be a difference-maker this season. as his ability to be a dual-threat is an incredible dimension to have.
Forte’s ability to be a dual-threat is an incredible dimension to have.
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey now has a unique offensive weapon capable of making big plays that will undoubtedly turn the tides of a game faster than a New York minute.
Considering there is still a ton of football left to be played, it will be great to see how Forte will continue to adapt and become the next big thing for the Jets. Don’t let this loss to the Bengals take away from just how big of an impact Forte can have throughout the course of the regular season.
Overall, even though it’s just one game and the Jets are now 0-1 to start the season, the Jets could have a huge weapon on their hands that has much to prove. It just goes to show, age is nothing but a number as Forte, by all accounts, has a lot more gas left in the tank.