QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
3 days ago

Forte (knee) is expected to be the Jets' primary running back this season, with Bilal Powell playing a complementary role, NJ.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Powell took over the Jets' backfield toward the end of last year in place of the injured Forte, and while there have been plenty of expectations that Powell could win the starting job, NJ.com is obviously not buying it. Nevertheless, Forte's upside will certainly be capped due to Powell's presence, as well as that of rookie Elijah McGuire, who figures to get more work as the season unfolds.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
1 month ago

New offensive coordinator John Morton expects to deploy Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell in a committee, NJ.com's Daryl Slater reports.

EDGE Analysis

Forte said he has no problem splitting snaps, but he hopes Morton will go with a hot-hand approach, rather than using him and Powell in specific roles. Forte opened last season getting a heavy workload on the ground under former OC Chan Gailey, with Powell handling most of the passing-down work and then taking on more carries as the season progressed. As one of the most prolific pass-catching backs in league history, Forte hopes to rotate by series rather than by downs. He may ultimately find himself taking a backseat to Powell in all regards, as the 28-year-old averaged 5.5 yards per carry (on 131 attempts) and caught 58 passes last season, while Forte ran for just 3.7 yards per carry (218 attempts) and had 30 receptions. Forte did produce 6.1 yards per target compared to Powell's 5.2, perhaps lending some credence to the veteran's belief that he should be more involved in the passing game. Forte played part of last season with a torn meniscus and had surgery in early January, but there's been no suggestion the knee is still an issue. He should be ready to compete with Powell for carries and targets.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

According to head coach Todd Bowles, Forte (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his torn meniscus Friday, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Forte missed the final two games of the season due to the injury, as he ended his first season in New York with 813 yards and seven touchdowns on 218 rushing attempts to go along with 30 receptions for 263 yards and one touchdown. The veteran back is under contract through the 2018 season, but is coming off the worst season of his career, so the Jets may look to pursue alternative options next season.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

Forte (knee) has been placed on IR by the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Forte had already been ruled out for a second consecutive week and as the Jets approach their season finale, the move enabled the team to promote DB Bryson Keeton to the active roster. Forte thus finishes the 2016 campaign with 218 carries for 813 yards and 30 catches for 263 yards along with eight total TDs over 14 games.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

Forte has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, Bilal Powell (knee) and Brandon Wilds (hamstring) are listed as questionable this week, while Brandon Burks was the only Jets' running back to practice fully Friday.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

Forte (knee) didn't practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

The same applies to Bilal Powell and with both backs dealing with ailments at this stage, the stage could be set for Brandon Wilds and Brandon Burks to see added opportunities in the Jets' offense Sunday against the Bills.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

Forte (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Forte, who was inactive in Week 16, remains iffy for Sunday's game against the Bills. With the Jets sporting a 4-11 record, there's little reason to rush him into action, so it's possible that the team will hold the veteran back out this weekend, with the long haul in mind. Forte is under contract with the Jets in 2017.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

Forte (knee, shoulder) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Patriots.

EDGE Analysis

With Forte inactive, the surging Bilal Powell is slated to head the Jets' Week 16 rushing attack, with Brandon Wilds and Khiry Robinson on hand to work in a reserve capacity.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

Forte (knee, shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Patriots, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

EDGE Analysis

After not practicing this week, look for Forte to be inactive Saturday, which sets the stage for the surging Bilal Powell to head the Jets' Week 16 rushing attack.

QMatt Forte
RB NYJ (11)
6 months ago

Forte, who relayed Wednesday that he has a "nerve issue" in his shoulder,didn't practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, for the second game in a row, Forte is likely to emerge as a game-day call, this time for Saturday's 1:00 ET kickoff against the Patriots. That said, with the 4-9 Jets eliminated from playoff contention, the team has little reason to push the running back to play if his shoulder issue doesn't clear up in short order. If Forte is out or limited in Week 16, added opportunities would await the surging Bilal Powell.