Aiding in Matt Forte's success was the fact the Jets gave him an opportunity to have success. After seeing his role diminished Weeks 3-5, Forte was on the field for 57 offensive snaps — 87 percent of the Jets' plays.
Related players: Bilal Powell
Forte's role had taken a hit in the recent past few games, but the Jets also trailed a lot in those contests. Powell was seeing more action in that span.
After opening the year with more than 100 scrimmage yards and 29.5 touches per game in the first two contests, Forte earned fewer than 65 scrimmage yards and 14.3 touches per game in Weeks 3-6.
The 30-year-old running back told the New York Daily News the stat reduction has nothing to do with age.
"I would expect that from people who just look at stats but don't look at the game," Forte said. "If you are a real fan, and actually a fan of football, you would probably watch the film and see that as the total offense, we're not playing very well."
Relate players: Bilal Powell
Coach Todd Bowles pointed to blocking as the main culprit for Forte's struggles. Forte has also seen less work since the beginning of the year, partly because the team has played from behind.
Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, ribs) took full practice reps again Friday. Forte reportedly had X-rays on Sunday, and is dealing with a knee and rib injury, so the X-rays were probably on the ribs. Bilal Powell would become a fantasy RB2 if Forte were to miss any time, which is why he’s one of the better RB stashes in the league. If the Steelers jump out to a lead, look for Powell to see a lot of work in the passing game.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, ribs) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Forte reportedly had X-rays on Sunday, and is dealing with a knee and rib injury, so the X-rays were probably on the ribs. Bilal Powell would become a fantasy RB2 if Forte were to miss any time, which is why he’s one of the better RB stashes in the league.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, ribs) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Forte reportedly had X-rays on Sunday, and is dealing with a knee and rib injury, so the X-rays were probably on the ribs. The fact that he got in a limited practice on Wednesday is a good sign. Bilal Powell would become a fantasy RB2 if Forte were to miss any time, which is why he’s one of the better RB stashes in the league.
In the season's first two games, he played 76 percent and 81 percent of the snaps, while Bilal Powell played 24 percent and 23 percent.
Last week in Kansas City, Forte played 60 percent, and Powell played 41 percent. And against Seattle, Forte played 48 percent, and Powell played 52 percent.
That's an interesting storyline to monitor going forward, the story said, as the 1-3 Jets try to fix the problems on their offense. They have gained just 305 yards in each of the past two games, both losses. They rank 20th in the NFL in yards gained per play (5.4). Using Forte less after the first two weeks was something the team was aware of, however things could change because of the recent losses.
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Forte played through the knee injury last week, but let this serve as a reminder that he’s no spring chicken and that Bilal Powell is a very capable backup.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm
Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Forte played through the knee injury last week and is likely just getting a day off. Let this serve as a reminder that he’s no spring chicken and that Bilal Powell is a very capable backup.
The Jets ran 66 offensive plays for 340 yards. RB Matt Forte had 22 rushes for 96 yards and five catches (on seven targets) for 59 yards. So he accounted for 40 percent of the Jets' offensive touches Sunday and 45 percent of their yards.
Forte had 18 more carries than No. 2 running back Bilal Powell, who also had two catches, for six total touches.
The story said the Jets will need to be mindful about keeping Forte fresh, especially on short weeks like the one they're about to encounter, as they prepare for Thursday night's game at Buffalo. Forte, 30, entered this season with 2,577 career touches, in the regular season and playoffs. The story added that it's still possible the Forte-Powell split is more even going forward, but added Forte looked pretty good getting a bulk of the work.
Let me put it this way: Matt Forte is the No. 1 back, but he won't be an every-down workhorse. Then again, how many teams rely on one workhorse? Not many. Based on what we saw in the one preseason game they played together, you'll see Forte on first and second downs, with Bilal Powell handling the third-down duties. Forte was a three-down back during his career with the Chicago Bears, so he'll have to adjust to a reduced role.
If you're looking for numbers, I think the workload will be more balanced than it was last season. Chris Ivory averaged 16 rushes per game, Powell six. This year, you could see something like 14 for Forte, eight for Powell. The Jets have to be cognizant of Forte's age (30), and it would be foolish to wear out the tread on his tires, although offensive coordinator Chan Gailey noted they won't have Forte on a snap count early in the year.
The story went on to say the Jets think Powell is a good football player, and the Jets won't forget about him. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said Powell will be a huge part of our offense. The author said it wouldn't shock him if the two backs are used at the same time, creating mismatches on the defense. Powell should have some PPR league value based on this amount of workload.
Injured running back Matt Forte (hamstring), yet to practice, will be under the spotlight.
The Jets are beat up at running back. The latest injury: Dominique Williams, who has a concussion. That leaves only three healthy backs -- Bilal Powell, Romar Morris and Matthew Tucker. Khiry Robinson, recovered from a broken leg. Veteran Bernard Pierce, who pulled a hamstring soon after signing at the start of camp, could be on shaky ground
The story said it's too soon to panic, but Forte probably won't play next week if he misses a few more practices and then it's time to worry, the story went on to say. The article also added Robinson could get his first full-time work after limited work last week. Robinson could end up being a guy to get carries if Forte remains out. Powell's strength is more of a third-down back and he likely wouldn't see a large amount of rushes.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 7:47am
The clock is ticking on Pierce, who signed on the first day of camp and promptly pulled a hammy. There's a limit to the team's patience. "As camp goes, there’s a problem if you stay in the training room when you just got here and you haven’t shown yourself," coach Todd Bowles said. "He has (games) on tape. As the running backs get healthy, those who make plays, obviously get to play." Consider that a warning, Bernard.
Forte already has been ruled out for Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason opener. There are only four healthy backs, only one of whom (Bilal Powell) is a lock to make the roster.
The Jets RB depth has been tested early in camp as Matt Forté and Bernard Pierce have been slowed by hamstring injuries while Khiry Robinson (leg) remains on the PUP list. Through seven practices, most of the workload has been divided up between Bilal Powell, 1st-year player Dominique Williams and rookie Romar Morris.
“Anything happens in this game, in this business and the coaches keep track with the number of reps. They try to divide them into equal opportunities to keep everybody fresh,” said Powell, who re-signed with the club in March. “If you break a long run, you get a guy in. There’s no such thing as fresh legs in training camp, so you have to do a tremendous job of taking care of your body.”
The story said Powell looks fresh as ever, displaying his shiftiness and vision time and time again. He has been dynamic in the open field and seems to surprise defenders with an extra burst. When everyone is healthy, it's tough to see how roles will play out. With Forte on board, we're not so sure about the size of Powell's role in 2016. The signing is a concern for Forte as well, since Powell’s presence threatens his receiving role.
The main question with Forte is how much tread he has left on the tire. He had a remarkable workload in Chicago. He leads the NFL in all-purpose yards (12,718) since he entered the league in 2008. Forte is now 30, which is seen by most as the point where running backs fall off the cliff. Forte is out to prove them wrong.
Chan Gailey will come up with plenty of creative ways to get Forte the ball. Gailey loves to throw to running backs, and Forte is as good as it gets in that department. I would expect to see plenty of screen passes and Forte lined up at wide receiver in certain formations.
Forte may lose carries to Bilal Powell and/or Khiry Robinson, and is unlikely to score many rushing touchdowns. But if he's utilized regularly in the slot, he should be able to catch at least 50 passes, maybe more. Jets running backs caught a total of 90 balls last season under OC Chan Gailey. Forte hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in PPR formats in his eight-year career.
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