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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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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

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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

Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) did not practice Thursday.

Forte looks highly unlikely to play and could land on injured reserve when the Jets add another back later in the week. With Bilal Powell (knee) also looking unlikely to play, the Jets may have to turn to undrafted rookies Brandon Wilds and Brandon Burks for the season finale.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 11:16:00 AM

Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Forte sat out Week 16 and could do so again with nothing left to play for in 2016. With Bilal Powell also sidelined Wednesday, that leaves Brandon Wilds and Brandon Burks as the only healthy backs on the roster.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:48:00 PM

Matt Forte (shoulder, knee) did not practice Tuesday.

Forte has not played since Week 15 and is now dealing with a shoulder issue in addition to his torn meniscus. It would not be surprising if he landed on injured reserve later this week.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Jets declared RB Matt Forte, DT Brandin Bryant, OT Donald Hawkins, QB Christian Hackenberg, WR Jalin Marshall, LB Lorenzo Mauldin and DT Steve McLendon inactive for Week 16 against the Patriots.

It's Forte's first absence of the year. With two games left in the Jets' lost season, we wouldn't expect to see Forte next week either. Bilal Powell should see a monster workload with Forte sidelined. He'll be backed up by Khiry Robinson, who is active for the first time this year. Brandon Marshall (shoulder, back) and Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) will also be in uniform on Saturday.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Bilal Powell is excellent in the passing game, which he demonstrated last week when he caught 11-of-12 targets for 78 yards. With the Jets entering the game as 17-point underdogs, he’s an awesome option in full PPR formats. New England ranks 22nd against receiving running backs and they've allowed the second-most passes to the position (8.2), according to Football Outsiders.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:44:00 AM

Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) is doubtful for Week 16 against the Patriots.

Forte inexplicably suited up last week despite a torn meniscus. The Jets aren't going to make the same mistake this time around. That means Bilal Powell will handle the rock Saturday at Foxboro. Powell has averaged over 30 touches in his last two outings and should be in the RB1 mix. With nothing left to play for, it's doubtful we'll see Forte again this season.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 02:14:00 PM

Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Coach Todd Bowles said Forte could play this week even if he doesn't practice. There's no logical explanation for why the Jets would allow Forte, who is dealing with nerve damage in his shoulder and a torn meniscus, to play in a meaningless game against New England. Even if Forte does get the nod, he'll likely take a a backseat to Bilal Powell, who has averaged 170.5 yards from scrimmage over the last two weeks.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 01:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Christian Hackenberg
3Bryce Petty
4Dane Evans
RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
3Elijah McGuire
4Jordan Todman
5Brandon Wilds
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
FB1Julian Howsare
WR11Quincy Enunwa
2ArDarius Stewart
3Jalin Marshall
4KD Cannon
5Marquess Wilson
WR21Robby Anderson
2Charone Peake
3Chad Hansen
4Chris Harper
5Frankie Hammond
WR31ArDarius Stewart
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Jordan Leggett
3Eric Tomlinson
4Brian Parker
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Brandon Shell
3Javarius Leamon
4Chris Bordelon
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
3Ben Braden
C1Wesley Johnson
2Jonotthan Harrison
3Alex Balducci
RG1Brian Winters
2Craig Watts
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brent Qvale
3Jeff Adams
K1Chandler Catanzaro
2Ross Martin