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Week 1 vs. SF
Rushing: 7 / 43 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 17 / 0 on 3 targets
Forsett was the starter, but was unspectacular. He was easily the most dangerous of the trio and should hold on to the starter designation as a result. But all three backs had roughly equal carries. Where Forsett separated himself from the others was his presence in the open field. He has good hands and can look pretty scary when he has room to run. He got close to a score on a swing pass inside the 20 that he too to the 3 yard line, but a goal line back he is not, so he was not in on the next play. Forsett underwhelmed as a runner until late in the game, when he finally got a long gain --- which accounted for 32 of his 43 yards, and at least confirmed that he is the most likely Seahawks back break one. It is worth noting that he looked strong in the fourth quarter, even when running between the tackles.
Week 2 vs. DEN
Rushing: 8 / 44 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Forsett really impressed, finding holes between the tackles and bouncing off of would-be tacklers. He had a six-yard TD taken away due to a holding penalty, so the Seahawks do have enough confidence in him close to the goal line, and since they don't have a typical goal line back, there may be more opportunities for him. As always, he is part of a committee approach, which stunts his value, but this week, he got the majority of the carries. Unfortunately, the Seahawks were playing from behind all day, so he still didn't crack double digits in carries.
Week 3 vs. SD
Rushing: 17 / 63 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 31 / 0 on 3 targets
Forsett had 35 yards on 16 of his carries, and 28 yards on the other one. So he wasn't consistently churning out 4, 5, 6 yards at a clip but he wasn't getting stuffed in the backfield on every other play, either. On the 28 yard run, a faster back may have been able to take it for a score but Forsett was caught from behind by S Eric Weddle. On a couple of goal line rushes, he was stuffed up the middle on a run from the two yard line and then was hit for a three yard loss on the ensuing play. He may have a difficult time scoring many touchdowns without more power at the point of contact. He tried hitting the hole hard on a couple of occasions, but he just may not have the bulk for goal line work in tight space like that. He did contribute in the passing game once again, and because of his receiving work he came close to approaching 100 total yards in the game. At one point, he left the game limping slightly after having his ankle shaken up during a sandwich tackle. However, he came back in soon after that looking no worse for wear, banging into defenders.
Week 4 vs. STL
Rushing: 19 / 65 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 10 / 0 on 2 targets
Forsett's change of direction, vision, and elusiveness in the open field are all starter quality, but his lack of size hurt him in a key short-yardage situation deep in the Seahawks end, and in general when the Rams penetrated on his runs with regularity. He did almost break a long run on the rare well-blocked short yardage play, and provided a dangerous checkdown receiver for Matt Hasselbeck, but Forsett isn't going to find much room to run behind this offensive line.
Week 6 vs. CHI
Rushing: 10 / 67 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 0 on 4 targets
Forsett looked and played like a man who isn't just going to
hand Marshawn Lynch the starting role in this offense. He is the nice
change of pace back in this offense however, and the two look like
they could easily co-exist in this offense. Forsett being the smaller,
less powerful but quicker and faster back while Lynch is the
power/downhill runner type of back.
It's not secret Forsett prefers to run outside where he is more likely
to get into the open field and use his quickness to exploit any poor
angles taken by defenders to try and tackle him. Forsett looked
explosive once he hit the hole, wriggling through gaps in defences and
getting every last yard. He had a particularly impressive inside
handoff run from the shotgun for a touchdown. Not a very good running
play for third and long situations in the red zone perhaps, but
Forsett was able to shift through the defense and run through arm
tackles on his way to the end zone. He always seemed to get chunks of
yards on any touch, and reminded coaches not to forget about him in
Week 7 vs. ARI
Rushing: 9 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 31 / 0 on 2 targets
He is right where he needs to be. 8-10 carries a game and also a factor in the passing game. He is not going to be a lead back in the NFL but he can be a great RB2 in many offenses and Pete Carroll has room for 2 backs in his system. Forsett was making plays in the 2nd half and looks effortless catching the ball and turning it up field. Seattle needs to get the ball in Forsett's hands in space, not outer space, but in space on the field. He is dangerous in the open field and has some speed that Lynch lacks. He is an ideal 3rd down back.
Week 8 vs. OAK
Rushing: 5 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 23 / 0 on 6 targets
With the addition of Marshawn Lynch, Forsett has moved into a more traditional role as the 3rd down back. Since the Seahawks were playing from behind the entire game, and had an extraordinary number of 3rd-and-long's, that meant a fair amount of snaps for Forsett. He continues to be a reliable receiving option when Hasselbeck needs to dump the ball, but is rarely the intended target by design. Forsett saw a smattering of carries, but the Seahawks line was completely ineffective, so it really didn't matter who had the ball, the Raiders weren't letting anyone through.
Week 9 vs. NYG
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Forsett has proven productive when given a chance, but his chances keep dwindling. He barely touched the ball in this one, as the Giants controlled the clock and the scoreboard, forcing Seattle to throw when they had the ball.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Rushing: 9 / 64 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 31 / 0 on 4 targets
Forsett didn't even see his first touch until about four minutes left in the half. The Seahawks understandably wanted to get the ball in Lynch's hands and let him bust through the middle, but once Forsett got a few chances, all he did was produce. He used his quickness to find the seams up the middle that Lynch could not get to in time, and used his speed and elusiveness to gain yardage quickly. His big 17 and 29 yard gains both came on rushes between the tackles. Forsett got more work in the second half, so the Seahawks are obviously willing to go with the hot hand, and he even scored a short yardage TD when Lynch couldn't get the job done.
Week 11 vs. NO
Rushing: 8 / 10 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 33 / 0 on 6 targets
Forsett had only one real carry in the first half. His 8 yard loss was the result of a good decision to hang on to the ball on a flea flicker play, since Hasselbeck would have been tackled had he taken the pitch. Forsett got the goal line carry near the end of the half, but was pushed back before he could get to the end zone. With Marshawn Lynch as the primary back (until his second costly fumble), and passing plays being called around 75% of the time, there wasn't much left over for Forsett. Late in the game, Forsett gave his team a chance with a great effort to turn a dump pass into a first down. He followed that up with an impressive 10 yard run. Once he took over for Lynch, there was really no comparison. Forsett was much more explosive and decisive in his cuts than Lynch. He was less successful on goal line carries, as he was again stopped on two straight tries and the Seahawks took the 3 points rather than gamble on 4th down.
Week 12 vs. KC
Rushing: 3 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Justin Forsett didn't have any impact either as the Chiefs shut down the Hawks running attack, and he was unable to get involved in the passing game either as Hasselbeck looked for Stokley to be his outlet receiver.
Week 13 vs. CAR
Rushing: 6 / 60 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Forsett needs the ball more. He may not be cut out for 20 carries a game, but he needs it more than 6 times. Forsett had two runs where he ran as if he was toying with the defense, slashing through the holes, spinning out of tackles and juking defenders. With those 6 carries, he gained 60 yards. In games in which Lynch is bottled up, the Seahawks should rely on Forsett as he is perhaps the most explosive playmaker on the offense.
Week 14 vs. SF
Rushing: 3 / 5 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 0 on 3 targets
Forsett was never a factor in this one as Marshawn Lynch took most of the carries. In fact, he wasn't really noticeable until the 2 minute drill of the first half, and then was merely the target of an uncatchable ball. Later in the game, Leon Washington also factored in, further limiting Forsett's playing time.
Week 15 vs. ATL
Rushing: 2 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 7 / 0 on 4 targets
Forsett had a very low workload as Seattle had very short time of possession in this game. Seattle could not afford to run the ball much and Lynch was given most of the carries. Forsett caught two passes but he also dropped one over the middle as he likely heard the footsteps of an oncoming Atlanta LB.
Week 16 vs. TB
Rushing: 8 / 12 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 5 / 0 on 2 targets
Forsett saw the field often enough, and even got three carries early on, but had very little success against a defense that was able to key on the run due to poor QB play. Forsett's still an elusive runner, which he reminded us of by getting a first down all by himself on a simple swing pass out of the backfield. But on his other catch, he actually lost yardage.
Week 17 vs. STL
Rushing: 3 / 28 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 22 / 0 on 6 targets
Forsett didn't see the ball much in week 17 in his change of pace role. However when he was given a chance (like usual) he found some big holes to use his good speed to burst through. In the end he touched the ball just 6 times but gained 50 total yards for Seattle.
Week 19 vs. CHI
Rushing: 4 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 25 / 0 on 4 targets
With Marshawn Lynch unable to get anything going between the tackles, Seattle was forced to look to Justin Forsett on check down patterns in the flat as an extended running game. Forsett looked quicker and more decisive than Lynch, but still lacked any kind of killer instinct in contact with defenders or slick open field moves to break a big play. Forsett was the better of the two Seattle backs in this game, but in the entire context of the game that isn't saying much.