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Matt Forte | Running Back | #22

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Tulane
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (44) / CHI
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Matt Forte (hamstring) returned to a full practice on Tuesday.
He hadn't practiced since late last month. Forte will obviously be ready for Week 1 and hopes to take part in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants. Stuck in a committee with Bilal Powell and playing for one of the league's worst offenses, the 31-year-old's fantasy arrow is pointing down. Aug 22 - 2:51 PM

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Speaking Monday, coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal on Matt Forte's (hamstring) availability for Week 1.

Forte, who turns 32 in December, has missed almost all of training camp with a strained hamstring for the second straight year, and battled knee problems toward the end of last season. If Forte can't play in Week 1 against the Bills, Bilal Powell would be the Jets' feature back and rookie Elijah McGuire would be second string. Forte's fit on the tanking Jets' roster remains awkward.
Aug 21 - 2:52 PM

Matt Forte (hamstring) remains sidelined, and will miss the Jets' second preseason game on Saturday.

Forte hasn't practiced all month. He's not the sort of player who needs endless summer reps, but he's in danger of being out of shape for Week 1. Bilal Powell has returned from his neck injury, and is the favorite for touches in the Jets' backfield.
Aug 17 - 2:12 PM

Matt Forte (hamstring) has continued to miss time at Jets camp with a hamstring injury.

It's possible Forte is simply resting himself on a going-nowhere team in the hottest months of the year, but also possible his body is simply breaking down. He battled a balky hamstring throughout 2016 training camp, then was dogged by knee woes during the regular season. Forte turns 32 this December.
Aug 14 - 3:35 PM

Matt Forte (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday.

Forte ended up missing roughly a week. He'll likely be held out of this week's preseason opener. Forte also battled hamstring problems last summer, but it wasn't an issue during the regular season.
Aug 7 - 2:09 PM

Matt Forte has been sidelined with a hamstring issue.

He's been out all week. It's the second straight year Forte has dealt with an early-camp hamstring injury. Forte's hammy wasn't an issue last season, but he dealt with various other minor ailments. Headed into his age-32 campaign, the Jets are not counting on Forte as a bell-cow. Bilal Powell is probably the favorite to lead in touches.
Aug 3 - 2:04 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes expects Matt Forte to be the Jets' "offensive workhorse" this season.

Color us skeptical. Most talk around the team this offseason has been hinting at a changing of the guard at running back for the rebuilding Jets, with Bilal Powell becoming the 1A as Forte takes a back seat as the 1B. Hughes doesn't believe that to be the case and expects Powell to be the "complement" to Forte. Nothing is settled in this backfield. It's a situation to monitor closely this summer.
Jun 23 - 10:21 AM

Matt Forte's entire $4 million salary is fully guaranteed this season.

After the releases of ILB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, many have wondered why Forte is one of just four 30-plus-year-olds left on the Jets' roster, especially after a disappointing second half of 2016. Owner Woody Johnson allegedly called for the Harris and Decker cuts to save money, and he knew the team would be bad with or without them. If the Jets dumped Forte, he'd still get his $4 million. Bilal Powell is expected to be the 1A to Forte's 1B this season, leaving Powell as a solid RB2 while Forte is an RB3/flex.
Jun 14 - 9:14 AM

Matt Forte said he hopes new Jets OC John Morton uses a more favorable rotation in the backfield this season.

Forte called out ex-OC Chan Gailey's "odd" rotation last season, saying he wasn't sure why Gailey pulled him off the field on third downs. Forte has long been one of the better pass catchers out of the backfield and wants Morton to give him that opportunity. At 31, Forte knows he's on his last legs and realizes Bilal Powell is going to have a role, but he hopes they'll rotate series, not downs.
May 24 - 9:32 AM

Matt Forte is participating in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.

This is the 10th annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp held at NFL Films. It gives exclusive opportunities for players to learn the business. Forte split work with Bilal Powell last season, but Powell is expected to take the lead in 2017. Now 32 and headed into his ninth season, Forte's best days appear to be behind him. Forte is under contract with the Jets until 2018.
May 16 - 4:37 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes reports the Jets are looking to add a fullback.

The move suggests the offense will change dramatically from the mostly spread attack under former OC Chan Gailey. Hughes reports New York is expected to put an "emphasis on the run game," which would be excellent news for Matt Forte's and Bilal Powell's fantasy values. Hughes mentions Mike Tolbert and Marcel Reece, but neither is a great lead blocker. Patrick DiMarco would make a lot of sense if the Falcons let him hit the open market.
Mar 5 - 7:11 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said Matt Forte is "staying" for 2017.

The 31-year-old is due $4 million and coming off knee surgery, but Forte's roster spot doesn't appear to be in jeopardy. With that said, there's a strong likelihood Forte's role will be scaled back after getting outplayed by Bilal Powell down the stretch. Forte's fantasy arrow is pointing down.
Feb 11 - 11:32 AM

Matt Forte underwent arthroscopic knee surgery for his torn meniscus last Friday.

It's a minor operation. It's unclear if Forte will also require shoulder surgery. Now 31, Forte averaged 3.72 yards per carry in his first season as a Jet, his lowest mark since 2009. He's signed for $4 million in 2017. The Jets could seek an adjustment, but Forte will likely remain in New York.
Jan 2 - 1:18 PM

Jets placed Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He was already ruled out for Sunday's finale against Buffalo, so all this does is give the Jets an opportunity to switch Forte out for a healthy body. His roster spot will be absorbed by practice-squad CB Bryson Keeton. Forte rushed for 813 yards and seven touchdowns on 218 carries this season.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) is out for Week 17 against the Bills.

Bilal Powell drew the questionable tag and should be able to play as the lead back. Forte's first season with the Jets ends with career-lows across the board. He rushed for 813 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 3.7 YPC. Forte added 30 catches for 263 yards and an additional score.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Christian Hackenberg
3Bryce Petty
RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3Elijah McGuire
4Jordan Todman
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
FB1Julian Howsare
2Anthony Firkser
WR11Robby Anderson
2Chad Hansen
3Jalin Marshall
4Kenbrell Thompkins
WR21ArDarius Stewart
2Charone Peake
3Chris Harper
4Myles White
5Frankie Hammond
WR31Charone Peake
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Eric Tomlinson
3Jordan Leggett
4Jason Vander Laan
5Chris Gragg
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Javarius Leamon
3Chris Bordelon
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
3Jeff Adams
4Ben Braden
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Craig Watts
3Alex Balducci
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brandon Shell
3Brent Qvale
K1Chandler Catanzaro
2Ross Martin