Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:49pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (toe) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. The return to practice is surprising, but Powell was reportedly “moving well” on Thursday. If he’s out, Matt Forte is in line for a huge workload in a great matchup against the Browns.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
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.
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