Matt Forte
RB FA
Thu 8/31/17 6:29 PM

Forte is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
EDGE Analysis
Forte's future with the Jets is clouded, currently by trade rumors, but the coaching staff was never going to risk the health of the most-accomplished running back on the roster in the exhibition finale. Don't be surprised if 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah McGuire receives most of the work out of the backfield Thursday.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Tue 8/29/17 2:02 PM

The Jets are reportedly open to dealing Forte,Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
As the report notes, Forte's guaranteed $4 million salary could present an obstacle to that end, but with the Jets clearly in a rebuild, it makes sense that such a scenario is being explored by the team. In the event that Forte is dealt, the path would be cleared for Bilal Powell to see a more high-volume role, plus there'd be added opportunities for some of the team's younger backfield options, such as sixth-rounder Elijah McGuire.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Sat 8/26/17 11:17 PM

Forte (hamstring) rushed for 43 yards on 10 carries and added a yard on two catches in Saturday's loss to the Giants.
EDGE Analysis
Forte got his first looks of the preseason on Saturday after battling hamstring issues as of late and made his way through the first half. The veteran back has been a fantasy staple for nearly a decade, but faces a tall order on a team devoid of many other weapons and uncertainty at quarterback. Forte posted career lows in rushing and receiving yardage last season and, while he is certainly on the downside of his career, it is important to note that new offensive coordinator John Morton hails from the Saints and surely knows of ways to get talented pass-catching backs like Forte the ball.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Wed 8/23/17 3:41 PM

Forte (hamstring) made it through Wednesday's practice without any setbacks, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.
EDGE Analysis
After being held out of team drills for three weeks, Forte has now logged consecutive full practices without incident. He expects to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, though he did acknowledge that the final decision will be made by the coaching staff. He also said he's surprised how long the recent injury lingered, as it was merely a Grade 1 hamstring strain, which means there wasn't a tear in the muscle. Forte said the recovery unexpectedly took almost as long as when he suffered a partial tear in his hamstring last year. Regardless, he seems to be back at full health with plenty of time to prepare for Week 1, when he and Bilal Powell figure to work in a timeshare against the Bills.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Tue 8/22/17 6:59 PM

Forte (hamstring) expects to play in Saturday's preseason game in Buffalo, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. "That's my goal," Forte said Tuesday. "I don't know what the coaches' plan is, but that's my plan."
EDGE Analysis
On Tuesday, Forte was a participant in team drills for the first time this month, implying that he's past his Grade 1 hamstring strain. However, declarations from players should be taken with a grain of salt, as he seemed to reference with the "coaches' plan" comment. His activity level in advance of the Jets' next exhibition may shed more light on his ability to suit up and handle game reps, during which he would continue the competition with Bilal Powell for top dog in the backfield.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Tue 8/22/17 2:44 PM

Forte (hamstring) participated in team drills on Tuesday for the first time since the end of July, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte's participation in team drills comes just one day after Jets coach Todd Bowles wouldn't guarantee the running back's Week 1 availability. Forte figures to battle with Bilal Powell for first-team reps as the duo may be in line for a timeshare, with Elijah McGuire slated to provide insurance behind the top pair out of the backfield. The Jets may continue to proceed cautiously and hold Forte out of Saturday's preseason tilt against the Giants, regardless of his level of participation in practice throughout the remainder of the week.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Mon 8/21/17 3:04 PM

Forte's (hamstring) Week 1 status was not guaranteed by coach Todd Bowles on Monday, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte has been slowed by a hamstring problem for the past month, leaving him behind schedule as the Jets edge closer to Week 1. If he's unable to play, Bilal Powell would figure to be New York's unquestioned starting tailback, with Elijah McGuire the top option behind him.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Thu 8/17/17 2:13 PM

Forte (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte also won't be a participant during Thursday's practice as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, which he suffered July 31. Bilal Powell will likely get the nod at running back barring any setbacks to his health, but Forte could return for the Jets' third preseason game against the Giants one week later.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Wed 8/16/17 7:49 PM

Forte (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game at Detroit, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Since injuring his hamstring in a July 31 practice, Forte has been limited to individual work, but team drills could be on the horizon, as head coach Todd Bowles considers the running back "day-to-day." Meanwhile, backfield mate Bilal Powell (neck) logged a second consecutive full practice Wednesday, giving him a leg up in the competition for No. 1 RB. In the end, the Jets are likely focusing on having Forte make an appearance in their third exhibition, with an eye on full health by Week 1.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Mon 8/14/17 5:48 PM

Forte (hamstring) participated in position drills during Monday's practice, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte missed New York's preseason opener while treating a hamstring problem, but the veteran seems to be making strong progress in his recovery. Although Forte is yet to return to team drills, his individual work Monday is reason for encouragement. Along with Forte, backfield partner Bilal Powell (neck) also took part in the Jets' running-back drills to start this week.