2. Matt Forte, RB
- AGE: 30, 6’1”, 221 lbs.
- 2015: 13 G, 218 CAR, 898 YDS, 4 TD, 58 TGT, 44 REC, 389 YDS, 3 TD
Speaking of versatility, the new starter in the New York Jets backfield showcases plenty.
What’s interesting about the Jets backfield in 2016, as opposed to 2015, is not the difference of Matt Forte and Chris Ivory. It’s that the Jets have now collected the same type RB.
Both Forte and Powell are the same player. They can run the ball in multiple blocking schemes, catch the ball out of the backfield, and help in the pass protection game.
Last season, when Ivory was on the field the Jets offensive gave away part of their play. Defenses knew he wasn’t a weapon in the passing game and some sort of power run was to be expected.
In 2016, whether it’s Powell or Forte, anything is possible and everything is available.
These two guys will be interchangeable instead of playing specific roles that tend to cut much of the playbook off thanks to physical limitations. Forte can also play a pretty solid role as the goalline back.