Sep 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) carries the ball against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
The Ravens locked up last year’s hero, running back Justin Forsett, for three more years in free agency. He returns as the clear lead dog of this rushing attack after emerging from the ashes early last season to earn a Pro Bowl nod on a veteran minimum contract.
Can Forsett duplicate last year’s success, when he finished fifth in the NFL in rushing yards and first in yards per carry? Considering the fact that the Ravens have an offensive line that had the third best run blocking performance in the NFL last season, it’s quite likely he’ll at least come close.
Even if Forsett loses a few yards or touches to youngsters Buck Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro, he will make up for it in the passing game. Marc Trestman loves to feature his backs in the passing game, a la Matt Forte. And Forsett is an excellent receiver out of the backfield.
Buck Allen figures to have the talent to beat out Taliaferro for the number two job, making him a great handcuff for Forsett owners if he can’t replicate last year’s success or in the event of injury. Allen is also an excellent pass catching back and he has pro-ready pass blocking skills.
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Taliaferro seems destined to fill the short-yardage, goal line back role no matter what happens. He is a better inside runner than Allen, but figures to play less. He might return some value in TD heavy leagues, but that’s probably about it.
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