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Justin Forsett | Running Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/14/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: California
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Ravens OC Marc Trestman promised Baltimore's offense will remain rooted in the running game.
Replacing balanced-to-run-heavy OC Gary Kubiak, Trestman has a pass-happy background but is insistent on keeping Kubiak's scheme based on the personnel in place. "Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn't mean you're not going to throw the ball," Trestman said. "But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team, and we have the players to do that. So, that's where we start." The Ravens have a top-five offensive line and will keep Kubiak's zone-running scheme, in which Justin Forsett flourished last season, ranking fifth in the NFL in rushing yards. Aug 1 - 10:07 PM

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The Baltimore Sun agrees that Justin Forsett's catch total "could potentially double" under new OC Marc Trestman.

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley wrote almost the exact same thing in June. As the Sun notes, Trestman's running backs have averaged 72 catches for roughly 600 yards per season. Forsett finished his breakout 2014 with 44 grabs.
Jul 28 - 7:59 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley suggests Justin Forsett's reception total "could possibly double" this season.

Forsett caught "only" 44 balls in outgoing coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense. A proficient pass-game weapon throughout his career and former third-down back by trade, Forsett's catch total should improve significantly in new OC Marc Trestman's scheme, which funnels targets to his tailbacks. As noted by Hensley, seven times in Trestman's history his running back has caught 69 or more passes, including Derek Loville, Charlie Garner, Matt Forte (twice), Michael Pittman, and Larry Centers. "That will be a part of what we're doing," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh confirmed. "It'll be a big part of it."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 9:53 PM

Based on watching post-draft practices, ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects Baltimore to keep the zone-blocking scheme in place.

The Ravens will "borrow" outgoing OC Gary Kubiak's zone scheme under new OC Marc Trestman, who may dial up more pass attempts but won't tweak the system. It'll remain a West Coast offense that maintains inside- and outside-zone concepts on running plays. The Ravens ranked No. 8 in the NFL in rushing offense last season, and return all five starters on the offensive line.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 2:41 PM

Speaking Thursday, Joe Flacco said Justin Forsett is "going to be a huge checkdown guy for us."

As our own Evan Silva guesstimates, Forsett could be in for 80-plus grabs in new OC Marc Trestman's system. Matt Forte caught a ridiculous 176 passes across Trestman's two years in Chicago, including 102 last season. A good receiver in his own right, Forsett made 44 grabs for 263 yards in 2014.
May 28 - 3:56 PM

Justin Forsett's grip on the starting job got stronger following the draft.

The Ravens waited until round four to take a running back, settling for USC's Buck Allen. He profiles as a strict backup on early downs and a pass-protection/third-down specialist. Draft weekend couldn't have gone much better for owners of Forsett stock, as he'll project for 16-19 touches per game once again.
Source: ESPN.com
May 5 - 9:40 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley says it's a matter of when, not if, the Ravens take a running back in the draft.

The Ravens' depth chart at running back currently reads 29-year-old Justin Forsett, 2014 fourth-rounder Lorenzo Taliaferro and practice squad type Fitz Toussaint. GM Ozzie Newsome doesn't draft for need, but this year's running back class is deep enough that he won't have to reach at all. Forsett, a nice fit as a pass-catching back for Marc Trestman, doesn't fit the standard mold of an NFL workhorse back. His role this season is not yet set.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 10:01 AM

Ravens agreed to terms with RB Justin Forsett to a three-year, $9 million contract.

In one of the league's unlikeliest breakout seasons in recent memory, career journeyman/scatback Forsett busted loose for a 235-1,266-5.4-8 rushing line in Gary Kubiak's offense last season, doing so at age 29. Now going on 30, Forsett returns to Baltimore under new OC Marc Trestman, whose history of funneling receptions to running backs would bode very well for versatile Forsett, assuming he keeps the Ravens' lead back job. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Baltimore's 2015 backfield could consist of Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and "a high draft pick." Forsett will be a tough fantasy player to rank depending on what happens in the draft. We'd be surprised if he were utilized as a true workhorse again this year. Forsett has the contract of a committee back.
Mar 12 - 2:26 PM

The Ravens remain in contract discussions with free agent RB Justin Forsett.

Forsett, along with the rest of the second tier of free-agent running backs, remains in a holding pattern, as he waits for DeMarco Murray to set the market. Forsett has said all along that he wants to remain in Baltimore. The Saints, Redskins, and Falcons could also be interested in the 29-year-old journeyman.
Mar 12 - 9:46 AM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Falcons, Redskins and Colts are interested in free agent Justin Forsett.

Aaron Wilson also reports Forsett remains interested in re-signing with the Ravens, and that the "feeling is mutual." Going on 30, Forsett would be the change-of-pace back in a committee wherever he ends up. Despite his breakout 2014, he's simply too old for someone to invest in as a feature runner. Re-upping with the Ravens might make the most sense from a snap perspective.
Mar 9 - 6:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Redskins and Saints are ready to make a run at free agent RB Justin Forsett.

It makes sense for New Orleans to pursue a running back with Mark Ingram headed for free agency, but hearing Washington's name in Forsett discussions is a bit of a shock. Alfred Morris has been one of the most productive rushers in the league over the last three seasons. It's hard to envision Morris splitting carries with a 29-year-old journeyman. Despite all the interest Forsett is getting from other teams, there's still a good chance he winds up back in Baltimore.
Mar 6 - 12:47 PM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome hopes to re-sign free agent Justin Forsett.

"We will work to try and retain Justin," Newsome said. Newsome mentioned Forsett's past mentoring of younger backs as one of the reasons Baltimore wants to re-sign him. Going on 30 and without the offensive coordinator in Gary Kubiak who helped him to his breakout 2014, Forsett is someone the Ravens will be careful not to overpay.
Feb 24 - 2:59 PM

A source tells ESPN that the Falcons will have "strong interest" in free agent RB Justin Forsett.

Forsett is coming off a career-year in a Gary Kubiak offense that has the same principles as the one Kyle Shanahan is installing in Atlanta. He also won't be overly expensive considering he turns 30 years old in October. The Falcons likely have interest in Forsett as a tandem piece with Devonta Freeman, who they've talked up relentlessly this week. Forsett is our No. 5 free agent RB, behind DeMarco Murray, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Mark Ingram.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 12:12 PM

Free agent Justin Forsett told the Detroit Free Press he is seeking "commitment" from his next team.

Forsett said his "first choice" is to re-sign with the Ravens, but only if they show him that "commitment." It would be unusual for any team to "commit" to a running back entering his age-30 season, of course. "I've been bouncing around this league for a while and I want to be able to have my family in one spot," Forsett explained. "So at least for the next couple years I want to be in one spot."
Feb 11 - 11:07 PM

Free agent Justin Forsett said he's heard the Ravens will keep some of the same run-game principles under new OC Marc Trestman.

Trestman takes over for Gary Kubiak, who implemented the highly successful Shanahan zone scheme. It resulted in a breakout year for 29-year-old Forsett, who put up 235-1,266-8 on the ground. It's a no-brainer for Trestman to leave the system in place while adding his own personal touch to the pass game -- a scheme that typically results in high-reception totals for his running backs. Forsett would be a nice fit and shouldn't be too expensive for the Ravens to bring back.
Jan 26 - 9:31 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Matt Schaub
3Bryn Renner
RB1Justin Forsett
2Lorenzo Taliaferro
3Buck Allen
4Fitzgerald Toussaint
5Terrence Magee
GLB1Lorenzo Taliaferro
2Justin Forsett
3RB1Justin Forsett
2Buck Allen
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
2Kiero Small
WR11Steve Smith Sr.
2Marlon Brown
3Michael Campanaro
4Aldrick Robinson
5DeAndre Carter
WR21Breshad Perriman
2Kamar Aiken
3Darren Waller
4Jeremy Butler
5Tom Nelson
WR31Kamar Aiken
TE1Crockett Gillmore
2Maxx Williams
3Allen Reisner
4Nick Boyle
5Konrad Reuland
K1Justin Tucker
2Justin Manton