Running back Justin Forsett has played for numerous NFL teams throughout the duration of his career. Forsett is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he is believed to be a solid addition for head coach Gus Bradley and his staff.
As a member of the AFC South rival Houston Texans, Forsett rushed for 374 yards in 2012. While he has been a solid player in the league, Forsett has never been a feature back.
However, with the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew, Forsett has been the lead back for the Jaguars during OTAs this offseason. Forsett’s reps as the current starter could prove to be valuable down the road for Jacksonville. If Jones-Drew would go down with another injury during the season, Forsett would be the first player the Jaguars would turn to.
Forsett does not boast the ideal size of a rugged back as he is only 5’8″ 194 pounds, yet he does posses great vision and quickness. He is also a solid receiver out of the backfield, and he has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
With the other backs behind Jones-Drew and Forsett being very young and inexperienced, it is vital that the team’s top two backs can remain healthy. Rookie Denard Robinson will likely be used in a variety of different roles for the Jaguars on offense, but he will take time to grow into a true running back at the NFL level. The other running backs on the roster are also unproven and will compete for spots throughout training camp.
Some fans may not have given much attention to the Forsett addition, but he is an important part of the Jacksonville offense whether he is starting or not.