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RB Matt Forte - New York Jets

6-1, 217Born: 12-10-1985College: TulaneDrafted: Round 2

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2015 Week 17 vs DET (17 / 76 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)

Matt Forte's career as a member of the Chicago Bears is likely over. The eight-year veteran finished out the season with a vintage performance, contributing 110 total yards and a touchdown -- 17 carries for 76 yards and three receptions for 34 yards (1TD). Following a few consecutive weeks in which Jeremy Langford saw more playing time, Forte played the role of bell cow in Sunday's loss. Forte carried the ball 17 times while Langford saw only five carries. Forte saw three targets in the passing game while Langford received zero. There's no doubt Forte ran hard for the fans who cheered him for eight great seasons, but there's also no doubt that Forte simply does not run as hard as he used to. Forte's lack of burst at the line of scrimmage was ever-so apparent Sunday. His longest carry of the day went for 13 yards. Take away said carry and Forte only averaged a very pedestrian 3.9 yards per attempt. Let's not allow his lack of burst to take away from the story, though. Sunday was Matt Forte day at Soldier Field (not really, but it felt that way).

2015 Week 16 vs TB (11 / 54 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte does not plan on being with the Bears next season, as evidenced by his comments last week to reporters. The veteran running back said there "isn't much to hope for" a new contract from the Bears. Clearly motivated by the thought of being a free agent, Forte went out and played himself a good game Sunday against the Buccaneers. Forte carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards and added three catches for 23 yards. Had he not tweaked his back early in the second half, he likely would have (once again) split carries with Jeremy Langford, who finished the game with 19. While he didn't blow up the score sheet, he was very effective when on the field. Forte's main problem at this stage of his career is his first few steps. He's slower to get back to the line of scrimmage than he once was. Unless the offensive line is bullying the defense up front, allowing Forte to get a little extra cushion before seeing defenders, Forte struggles to gain big chunks of yards. Nonetheless, Forte netted 4.9 yards per carry against a familiar-feeling Buccaneers defense. If Forte get 22 carries instead of 11 carries, he likely gains somewhere around 100 yards. There's no doubting Forte still has the potential to be close to an every-down back, he just needs to find a new team to serve in that role.

2015 Week 15 vs MIN (8 / 47 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec)

Matt Forte played better than most Bears in Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Vikings. The versatile running back carried the ball eight times for 47 yards and caught six passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Despite the lack of carries, Forte turned in a vintage performance. Forte started the day strong, taking the opening handoff for a 35-yard gain, only to be called back by a Hroniss Grasu holding penalty. Talk about a momentum stopper. Forte bounced back later in the game, as he played a large role in the passing game. The running back was targeted seven times by Jay Cutler, the most of any Bear. For the first time since returning from injury a few weeks ago, Forte looks to be 100 percent. As he likely takes his last snaps as a member of the Bears, it'll be nice to see the old Forte back on the field.

2015 Week 14 vs WAS (10 / 45 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

In recent weeks, Matt Forte has been running up the middle more than anywhere else, without much success, to be frank. Well, the game plan changed slightly against the Redskins, with Forte spending more time trying to get to the outside. It worked, too. While Forte only carried the ball 10 times, he was able to gain 45 yards, for an average of 4.5 yards. Forte was very effective in the run game. Why he didn't receive more carries, who knows. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase called 23 total run plays -- 10 for Forte, 11 for Jeremy Langford and one for Jay Cutler. In the Bears' Week 13 loss to San Francisco, Forte nearly doubled Langford in carries. Now that the Bears' playoff hopes have been completed shattered, it looks like management is attempting to put Langford in as many new situations as possible. Forte merely is riding out his time before hitting free agency in the offseason.

2015 Week 13 vs SF (21 / 84 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte got back to doing Matt Forte-like things Sunday against the 49ers. Unfortunately, though, Forte's strong effort didn't matter in the end. Coming off an injury-free week of practice, Forte rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown and caught five passes for 39 yards. Forte primarily ran up the middle, displaying patience behind his blocks. Why offensive coordinator Adam Gase didn't call for Forte to get to the outside, who knows. When the offensive lineman have time to line up their blocks, Forte usually shows great patience and vision running behind them. Forte is his most-effective self when he runs to the outside; this is why he's so effective on screen passes. Forte lacks the speed he once had, so it makes little sense to run him up the middle into the opposing d-line. When the blocks get set in front of him, he finds the holes and converts first downs. Forte likely is playing his final games as a Chicago Bear. Enjoy him while you can, Bears fans.

2015 Week 12 vs GB (15 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Finally healthy, Matt Forte returned to the field to discover that Jeremy Langford had laid claim to about half of his carries per game. The two basically split touches down the middle with Forte getting a couple more carries and Langford getting a few more targets. Forte ran the ball well, showing no residual aftereffects from his knee injury, showing good speed and power, though he was stopped at the goal line twice in the fourth quarter. With Langford's two big drops in the game, we might see more of Forte in the passing game going forward but it's hard to say how this split will continue, though we imagine the Bears will run both to keep both fresh for the late-season push.

2015 Week 8 vs MIN (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

It was a rough day for Matt Forte. Chicago's lead running back exited the game in the third quarter after taking a hit to his knee, according to the Bears. Before departing, Forte gained 41 yards on 10 carries to go along with four receptions for 28 yards. Forte looked good prior to being injured, averaging over four yards a carry. He found the most space when running to the outer edges of the offensive line, just inside the tackles.It appeared as if offensive coordinator Adam Gase was trying to get Forte some different looks out of the backfield -- delayed handoffs and a Wildcat formation. The loss of Forte is huge for the Bears. Head coach John Fox did not know the extent of Forte's injury when asked after the game. If Forte is unable to suit up next week, rookie Jeremy Langford will get the start.

2015 Week 6 vs DET (24 / 69 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte received 27 total touches against the Lions -- 24 carries for 69 yards and three receptions for 20 yards. It wasn't the most productive outing for the Bears' bellcow back. The Bears gave Forte every opportunity to have a big game, but he consistently struggled to break through the first level of the Lions' defensive line. His longest rush of the game only went for 11 yards. Had the offensive line played better, Forte's day likely would have gone much differently. The Bears still are rolling out a makeshift offensive line, with Charles Leno Jr. in for Jermon Bushrod at left tackle and rookie Hroniss Grasu in for Will Montgomery at center. The lack of continuity on the line has stifled any and all growth in the run game. Forte still is one of the best and most dangerous running backs in the league. He should benefit from a healthier offensive line when the Bears return to action following the bye week.

2015 Week 5 vs KC (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)

Matt Forte did a little bit of everything in Sunday's 18-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bears' bell-cow back carried the ball 18 times for 71 yards and caught five passes for 38 yards and the game-winning touchdown. While Forte averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, he did so running behind a makeshift offensive line, playing without starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod and starting center Will Montgomery. What makes Forte so valuable is his ability to find space to make a play when the pocket collapses on Jay Cutler, which happened more than a handful of times throughout the game. The Cutler-to-Forte touchdown that won the game is a perfect example. A low snap forced Cutler to get rid of the ball much faster than he wanted, with pressure in his face, only to find Forte in the end zone on a wheel route. It was a thing of beauty. As long as the Bears are shorthanded at the receiver position, Forte will continue to see additional touches.

2015 Week 4 vs OAK (25 / 91 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte got back to doing Matt Forte-like things in Sunday's win over the Raiders. The versatile tailback contributed 155 all-purpose yards (91 rush, 64 receiving) on 29 touches (25 carries, four catches). With Jay Cutler back in the lineup, Forte benefitted from a quarterback who is able to move the ball downfield, as opposed to Jimmy Clausen. There was a flow to Adam Gase's play-calling, and it largely was because of Forte's ability to do so many different things on the field. At one point during the first half, Forte ran a play out of the Wildcat. It was somewhat of a shock to see. While the play didn't fool the Raiders' defense, it's good to see Forte's role expanding beyond what we've seen in recent weeks. One could make the argument that the Bears are simply trying to showcase Forte in as many ways as possible in hopes of increasing his trade value.

2015 Week 3 vs SEA (20 / 74 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte did about the best he could Sunday against the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. Running behind an offensive line that was without left tackle Jermon Bushrod for much of the game, the Bears' bell-cow back gained 74 yards on 20 carries in a game that ended in a 26-0 defeat. At one point, Forte limped off the field after taking a hit that wrenched his knee in an awkward direction. While he did return to the game, he was largely ineffective. Jimmy Clausen, who started the game in place of Jay Cutler, threw for only 63 yards on the day. Without a passing game to stretch the defense, Forte really was set up for failure at every turn.

2015 Week 2 vs ARI (15 / 61 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte's usage came down a bit Sunday against the Cardinals. After touching the ball 29 times in the Week 1 loss to Green Bay, the Bears scaled back Forte's workload to 19 touches. The running back gained 61 yards on 15 carries and 44 receiving yards on four catches. The Bears rushed the ball 28 times as a team despite trailing the entire game. John Fox clearly is committed to running the football, and that's not going to change anytime soon -- especially if Jay Cutler misses any time due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the loss. Life for Forte won't be as easy without Cutler, as strange as that sounds. He struggled to find holes at the line of scrimmage when Jimmy Clausen took over under center. Unlike Forte, Clausen is not a threat to burn a defense. This definitely is something to keep an eye on this week as the Bears prepare for the Seahawks.

2015 Week 1 vs GB (24 / 141 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte turned in a vintage Matt Forte performance in Sunday's loss to the Packers. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 24 rushing attempts in the new-look offense run by first-year coordinator Adam Gase. For the first time in a long time, running the football appeared to be a priority of the coaching staff. Forte actually was utilized in the run game in all four quarters, despite the Bears playing from behind for much of the second half. It wasn't Forte's speed that gained him 141 rushing yards, it was the moves he displayed after breaking through the line of scrimmage. He was juking Packer defenders left and right. Behind a makeshift offensive line that saw right guard Kyle Long move to right tackle before the game, Forte ran better than expected. And you should expect even better things from him as the line syncs up.

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