The Baltimore Ravens were the first team to contact running back Justin Forsett when he hit the free agent market after spending a lone season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Ravens signed Forsett to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a much needed security blanket because of the legal trouble surrounding starting running back Ray Rice, whose fate remains unknown. Not to mention, the Ravens’ offense ranked 29th in the NFL last season, so I’m sure any and all contributions would be embraced.
Forsett was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of 2008 NFL Draft, but it was a rocky first few months of his football career. By Oct. 9 of the same year Forsett had been waved by the Seahawks, claimed and waved by the Indianapolis Colts and then claimed once again by the Seahawks. Talk about a roller coaster.
One thing Forsett has really become famous for is serving as the backup to same great running backs and occasionally filling in the holes when needed. In his three years with Seattle, Forcett played behind Julius Jones, filling in for a few weeks after Jones left a game against the Arizona Cardinals with a bruised lung. When he signed with the Houston Texans in 2012, Forsett naturally fell in behind the explosive and talented Arian Foster. And in his most recent gig with the Jaguars, our second-tier master backed up Maurice Jones-Drew before suffering a turf toe injury and fractured foot. He would see action in only nine games with Jacksonville.
If Rice is able to avoid serious legal conflict and stay eligible for the Ravens this season, Forsett’s role won’t look much different than it has his entire NFL career. He’ll receive some scattered carries, remaining productive but most likely not claiming any significant carries. It’s also worth noting that the signing of Forsett probably won’t stop Baltimore from going after a running back in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, so there could most definitely be some added competition coming from that direction as well.
In five seasons, Forsett has played in 73 games (most of which were in Seattle), rushing for 1,692 yards on 347 carries and scoring eight times. The longest of Forsett’s career came on Thanksgiving Day of 2012 when he ran for an 81-yard touchdown against the Colts, the longest running play in Texans history.