Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Two games into the season, it’s clear Matt Forte is going to be the same workhorse for the Jets that he was for the Bears even though he’s 30 years old. Forte has rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 52 carries and caught seven passes for 68 yards.
Forte has missed only eight games in nine NFL seasons and credits his offseason training for sustaining him. “I have no doubt I can continue to play how I’ve been playing,” he said. “In football, we know injuries happen, but I do a lot of different things in my diet and workout regimen to get me prepared for Sunday. I’m able to play at a high level every week.”
HC Todd Bowles insisted that Forte won’t touch the ball 25 to 30 times every week because of the need to keep him healthy, but he marveled at how well Forte takes care of his body. Of course, that's easier said than done when Forte has looked as good as he has over the first two weeks. Bilal Powell has just one carry and one catch in Week 2.
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.
It will be Forte's lone preseason game action before the Sept. 11 regular season opener against the Bengals. While recovering from a hamstring injury, he didn't play in either of the first two preseason games.
The best news for Forte, coming out of Saturday's first half: He felt physically healthy and didn't experience any setbacks. That's what matters most. Forte looked smooth while running, though he didn't put up big numbers Saturday.
Forte only carried 10 times for 28 yards but emerged healthy after seeing his first preseason action. The team wants to keep him healthy for the long haul so expect to see Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson this season. Powell is especially effective in the pass game, like Forte, so the two could take away potential touches from one another.
Marshall was spotted on the field during the pre-game warm-ups. He appeared to be in good spirits, smiling and chatting with team personnel. He declined to say why he wouldn't be playing.
Coach Todd Bowles has closely monitored the reps of his older players throughout the preseason, but resting Marshall, 32, in the most important game would be unusual. He played only 23 snaps in the first two games, recording only two receptions for eight yards. It's possible that Marshall suffered a minor injury in practice. Practices are now closed to the media and Bowles doesn't volunteer any injury information, the story said.
Jets RB Matt Forte did team periods Sunday for the second consecutive practice (also last Wednesday). He moved around well Sunday.
Forte sat out the Jets' first two preseason games. Will he play Saturday against the Giants? If he doesn't, he'd go into Week 1 with zero preseason game snaps. The Jets have three more practices before they face the Giants.
The story said HC Todd Bowles said Forte will play in that game "if he gets better during the week. We'll try to anticipate it in warm-ups. I'd like to get him a few snaps, if I could." If Forte doesn't play in the preseason it may be a stretch for him to see a bulk of the workload in Week 1, esp. with Bilal Powell in the picture who also excels in the passing game. It's a situation to monitor over the next few days.
Jets running back Matt Forte continued to progress in his return from a hamstring injury during Tuesday's practice.
Forte participated in practice for just the third time in training camp. He participated in one practice early in camp, and also on Sunday. The Jets were off Monday.
All three times, Forte has done just position drills, and no 11-on-11 team periods.
"I'm feeling good," Forte said. "I'm just progressing week by week. I'll be out there soon. I do individual drills, and then I do a lot of conditioning stuff, to get back into football shape."
Forte, who was injured while working out before camp, said after Tuesday's practice that he "definitely" will be available for the Jets' Sept. 11 regular season opener against the Bengals. But he isn't sure if he will play in any preseason games. He almost certainly won't play in Week 2 of the preseason, the story said.
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.
While the wait to see Forte at practice has come to an end, the wait to see him in game action with his new team is likely to extend a little longer.
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 9:23pm
It's all about Matt Forte, who will be asked to replace 1,000-yard rusher Chris Ivory as the lead dog in the Jets' backfield. Forte will be highly motivated after getting the cold shoulder from his forever team, the Chicago Bears. Forte, 30, is battling Father Time and a cranky knee that sparked some concern in free agency, but he's said to be healthy and rejuvenated as he approaches his ninth season. His workload will be an ongoing story. As a three-down back for the Bears, he averaged 315 touches (rushes and receptions) per year. That's a bit steep for an aging runner, so look for a time-share system with Bilal Powell.
There was a noticeable improvement last season in Powell's speed and quickness. He set career highs in yards per rush (4.5) and receptions (47), becoming a valuable member of the offense. He was the ideal complement to the bruising Ivory, but the dynamics have changed. Powell and Forte have similar skill sets, so it'll be interesting to how it plays out in terms of role definition.
Khiry Robinson could wind up as the short-yardage/goal-line back (fantasy alert). Don't be surprised if he starts camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Robinson sat out the offseason as he recovered from a broken leg, but he should be good to go in the preseason.
Forte may lose carries to Powell and/or 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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