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Offense Could Run Through Forté, Powell

Jets 2017 Training Camp Preview: Running Backs


OverviewThe Jets have two very talented and versatile running backs in Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Last season, they were the only team with two backs that each recorded over 1,000 yards from scrimmage. With John Morton now calling the plays on offense, expect Forté and Powell to have more opportunities as receivers out of the backfield.

Dual PurposeWith a young and unproven receiving corps, expect Morton to lean on Forté and Powell early and often. It'll be interesting to see how the new coordinator will utilize his running backs in the passing game as Forté is three years removed from a 100-catch season and Powell registered a career-high 58 receptions last year. Furthermore, the two have career averages of 8.8 and 7.6 yards per catch, respectively.

Get to Know the Jets RBs and FBs Before Training Camp

Making the Most of Your OpportunityAfter serving as a change-of-pace back for most of his career, the 5'10", 204-pound Powell exploded in his starting role at the end of last year, averaging 138 scrimmage yards in the final four games, and may have carved himself a larger role moving forward.

Age Is Just a Number
Even though Powell garnered a lot of attention last season, don't forget about Forté. He was the bell cow for the majority of last season before he hurt his knee and landed on injured reserve as he registered four games with at least 20 carries, including two games with 30. In 10 games for the Green & White, the 10-year veteran averaged 73.2 yards on the ground and recorded seven rushing touchdowns.

What's a Fullback?
The fullback is back in fashion. Morton and running backs coach Stump Mitchell see a role for the position in the offense. Julian Howsare and undrafted free agent Anthony Firkser will battle throughout training camp for the starting role. Similar to linemen, it's hard to evaluate the position in minicamp without pads on.

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