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RB Matt Forte - New York Jets

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

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2017 Week 16 vs LAC (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

It was a forgettable final home game for Matt Forte. Forte fumbled early in the second quarter, killing a promising drive. Otherwise, he was largely bottled up as a runner and ceded lead back duties to Bilal Powell.

2017 Week 15 vs NO (7 / 24 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Alike McGuire, Forte also made his triumphant return to his home state. However, unlike McGuire, Forte failed to make an impact. He was quickly bottled up for short gains and didn't make an impact as a receiver.

2017 Week 14 vs DEN (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was contained on the ground and made two passes on designed screen passes.

2017 Week 13 vs KC (15 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)

Matt Forte turned in a workman-like performance. Working in tandem with Bilal Powell, the elder stateman found some success running between the tackles. Forte had a long run of 14 yards off right tackle. As a receiver, Forte had an 11-yard touchdown reception. On the scoring play, Forte was lined up in the slot, caught the quick pass, and took a big shot from Ron Parker before getting into the end zone.

2017 Week 12 vs CAR (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After missing a few weeks due to a knee injury, Matt Forte returned, but didn't make an impact. Forte saw a team-high 10 carries, but was bottled up by Carolina's stout run defense. He saw one end zone target, but McCown overshot him.

2017 Week 9 vs BUF (14 / 77 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Matt Forte, who has publicly criticized the play calling against Atlanta, was fed and cashed in on his opportunities. Forte did some tough running and was rewarded with his first two touchdown plunges of the season. In the third quarter, Forte ran off right tackle for a 10-yard touchdown and in the fourth quarter, cashed in on a 5-yard touchdown. Forte ran through poor arm tackles before lunging into the end zone. New York's rushing attack compiled 194 yards against a punch less Buffalo run defense, so Forte and his backfield counterparts walked away very happy.

2017 Week 8 vs ATL (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte and Bilal Powell split snaps, but Powell received more touches. Once again, Forte was more effective as a receiver. The elder running back was split out of the formation and was deployed on designed screen passes. Forte had a long catch-and-run of 12 yards in the fourth quarter

2017 Week 7 vs MIA (7 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell started the game, but the two backfield mates virtually split touches. Forte saw more work as a receiver and made one big play on third down. In the first quarter, Forte picked up a first down on a 3rd-and-18 play by weaving through defenders and running through arm tackles. Forte relies more on his vision and footwork rather than speed at this point in his career, but the team replied on him to pick-up key yardage.

2017 Week 6 vs NE (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 59 / 0 rec)

After missing the last two games, Forte returned and split reps with Elijah McGuire. Forte didn't find much running room, but as a receiver, he took advantage of zone looks and designed screen passes. Forte, who missed tie with a turf toe, did not look explosive, but rather used deception and guile to make defenders miss.

2017 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte suffered a toe injury in the third quarter and did not return. Prior to the injury, Forte was New York's featured runner, but did not have a lot of success. His injury status is worth watching.

2017 Week 2 vs OAK (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Bilal Powell started the game, but Forte received the most touches. As a runner, Forte displayed patience and toughness, allowing his blocks to set-up before accelerating into the second level. Forte had a long run of 16 yards in the second half, running off left guard before cutting and exploding into the second level. Forte was New York's second leading receiver, serving as a safety blanket for McCown. Powell and rookie, Elijah McGuire were mixed in throughout the game, but Forte was the effective runner on the day.

2017 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Alike the team's third pre-season game, Matt Forte functioned as the team starter, but is not the team's best running back. Back-field mate, Bilal Powell didn't see his first touch until 4:00 minutes before halftime, leaving many to question the decision making on Morton. The Jets trailed for the entire game, reducing Forte's role to check downs and occasional runs. Forte was able to pick-up what was blocked, but he doesn't possess any big-play explosiveness anymore. Forte asked Morton for a larger role in the passing game, and he got it, but also dropped two easy passes that would resulted in first downs on catches and runs.


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