Justin Forsett had his best NFL season at age 29 with 1,366 yards rushing. What will Forsett do for an encore in 2015? If he surpasses 1,400 yards at age 30, Forsett will join elite company.
As Kevin Seifert of ESPN pointed out, only nine NFL running backs have ever surpassed 1,400 yards in a season after turning 30. Thomas Jones was the last back to do it, gaining 1,402 yards for the Jets in 2009 at age 31.
Forsett will turn 30 years old in October, making him one of the league’s oldest No. 1 backs. Only three other teams are going with No. 1 backs over 30 – the Bears with Matt Forte, the Colts with Frank Gore, and the Giants with Rashad Jennings.
The Ravens believe in Forsett, and proved it by signing him to a three-year, $9 million deal this offseason. But they also drafted Buck Allen, a promising running back from USC who has the potential to be Forsett’s eventual successor as the starter.
Forsett keeps himself in great shape, and the Ravens’ offensive line returns intact, giving him another chance to have a stellar season. However, for Forsett and all NFL running backs, eluding Father Time after 30 can be more difficult than eluding would-be tacklers.
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