Heading into training camp, running back Matt Forte is looking to prove his worth and once again start for the New York Jets.
When the New York Jets acquired running back Matt Forte last offseason via free agency, they knew exactly what they were getting. With some gas left in the tank, Forte was able to make a decent impression in his first season with the Jets.
Entering his second season with Gang Green, he’ll have some competition in training camp for the starting running back position. Here’s his training camp profile as he prepares to prove that he might still be capable of handling starting duties yet again with the Jets.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
Forte had glimpses of brilliance that silenced those that believed age was catching up to him. Last season with the Jets, Forte totaled 813 rushing yards, 218 attempts, and seven touchdowns. As a receiving option, Forte totaled 263 yards, 30 receptions, and a touchdown.
2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
The Jets are hoping to see Forte continue to be a hybrid threat out of the backfield but the rise of fellow running back Bilal Powell could be the writing on the wall. If Powell solidifies himself in training camp and preseason action as a better option, Forte might be delegated to a backup/situational role.
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Considering the Jets want to usher in a youth movement at every possible position on the roster, Forte might be the odd man if he shows any signs of a decline or inconsistency.
It’s doubtful the Jets will cut him but expect to see him transition into a receiving-heavy role since that’s a strength he brings to the table.
If anything, Powell might get the nod to start to handle the bulk of running back duties but Forte might be better used in a situational role, especially as an eligible receiving option out of the backfield. New offensive coordinator John Morton will undoubtedly want to feature this aspect of Forte into his offense.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Expect to see Forte do his best in training camp for a starting spot but ultimately come short and be second on the depth chart behind Powell. The Jets want to showcase all their younger talent and if Powell can come into training camp and take care of business, Forte will have to adjust to a backup/situational role.