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New York Jets 2016 Stats Projection: Matt Forte

Jonathan Daniel, AP
Jonathan Daniel, AP

What should New York Jets fans expect from newly-signed running back Matt Forte during his first season with Gang Green?

With OTAs wrapping up and mandatory minicamp fast approaching, it’s time to set our sights on the 2016 season.

That means it’s time to take a look into the crystal ball and make some statistical projections for the New York Jets. Each article will feature a breakdown of one key Jets offensive or defensive player.

My analysis will include a look at where the player is trending, the extenuating circumstances such as positional depth and a gauge of potential usage in 2016.


This series begins with New York’s biggest offseason signee, running back Matt Forte.

The 30-year-old tailback joins Gang Green after spending eight seasons as the do-it-all back for the Chicago Bears. He signed a three-year deal worth $12 million and $9 million in total guarantees after the Bears pretty much let him walk out the door this offseason.

Forte will add a different dimension out of the backfield compared to years past, but will his high mileage plus injury susceptibility diminish his production in 2016?

Note: These projections are made with the current roster in mind. AKA: Geno Smith as the presumptive starting quarterback. 

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