The Baltimore Ravens have a log jam at the running back position heading into the season, meaning we all knew there’d be an odd man out once the final cuts come along.
But to be honest, I wasn’t expecting the odd man out to be 30-year old veteran Justin Forsett.
It’s true, the age-30 wall is a horrible and very real thing for NFL running backs. So this could be the reason the staff cut ties with the 5’8″/195-pound back. But considering the one-time Pro Bowler only carried the ball 200+ times one time in his eight-year career, Forsett isn’t as beat up as a lot of veteran RBs his age.
Forsett turned 30 last October, and then went on to put up 641 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground on just 151 carries over 10 starts. The season prior, his lone Pro Bowl season and first in Baltimore, he put up career-highs in starts (14), attempts (235), rushing yards (1,266) and rushing touchdowns (8).
Moral of the story: even at his age, Forsett could have played a large impact in Baltimore’s run game if he was limited to around 150-175 attempts again this season. Which would have been rather easy given the fact Baltimore’s backfield includes a plethora of weapons, such as Javorius Allen, Terrance West, rookie Kenneth Dixon (will likely miss about four weeks due to injury), Lorenzo Taliaferro (will miss first six weeks while on PUP list).
Rookie sixth-round pick Keenan Reynolds was also cut by Baltimore today.
I expect Forsett to find a new team soon.
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