Justin Forsett got some rest during the bye, and that’s a good thing. With Steve Smith (torn Achilles) done for the season, expect Forsett to become an even larger piece of the Ravens’ offense.
The focus has been on which wide receiver will step up in Smith’s absence. However, Forsett has more catches this season than any Raven except Smith, who was injured after making his 46th catch:
RB - Forsett - 27 catches
WR - Kamar Aiken – 25
TE - Crockett Gillmore – 20
FB - Kyle Juszczyk – 18
WR - Marlon Brown – 13
Forsett has the best hands of any Ravens running back, so his role as a receiver out of the backfield may expand. That’s something Forsett would embrace.
“I want to get my hands on the ball anytime I get a chance,” Forsett said. “So if that’s the case, and it’s all good.”
With Smith gone, Forsett may also get more carries, particularly if the Ravens can avoid falling behind. Coach John Harbaugh talked about the importance of the Ravens running the football better in the second half of the season. The Ravens rank just 22nd in the NFL in rushing, averaging 99.2 yards per game.
“We can run the ball better, more effectively – yards per carry, yards per game,” Harbaugh said. “People have determined that it is important to stop the run against us, and they’ve committed a lot of resources to doing that defensively, and we have to counterpunch that.”
The Ravens will have to walk a line between using Forsett, and overusing him. But there is little doubt Forsett will be a busy man these next eight weeks.
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