The Ravens don’t have to worry about running back Justin Forsett getting complacent. After signing a three-year, $9 million deal this offseason, Forsett was a guest speaker at the league’s rookie symposium this week. Forsett spoke about the drive it has taken to succeed as a diminutive running back.
“One of my messages to this rookie class is not only to control what you can control, but excel at what you can control,” Forsett wrote on sportsblog.com. “For me, I know I can control how well I know the playbook, so I go overboard sometimes with just how well I know it. I not only learn what I need to do, but I know what others need to do so when I’m in the game, I can anticipate what will happen next instead of just reacting or being caught off guard.
“I’m a short guy, 5-foot-8 and 198 pounds. I might be the little guy on the field, but I want to send the message every time I’m in the game that I will outwork you.
“I’m just as hungry now as when I started in this league. They told me I was too short and too slow… and now I’m too old. So, there’s always something I have to face and I’m ready for the challenge.”
Coming off his best season (1,266 yards), Forsett is driven to prove he won’t be a one-season wonder. He participated in the Ravens’ voluntary and mandatory OTA’s. He has immersed himself in the playbook, learning new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman’s system. Forsett will turn 30 years old in October, but talk about him slowing down seems absurd to his teammates. In fact, with the Ravens’ offensive line returning intact, why can’t Forsett have an even better season?
“Forsett is coming out here like he’s trying to earn another contract,” said guard Kelechi Osemele during mandatory minicamp. "He’s flying around and he’s finishing and running downhill and looking really good.”
When the Ravens signed Forsett last season, they didn’t expect him to be a 1,000-yard running back. But he was. And clearly, Forsett is determined to deliver again.