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Jets’ workhorse Matt Forte getting 30 touches a game

New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) carries against Buffalo Bills linebacker Zach Brown (53) during the second half an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

At age 31, Jets running back Matt Forte can’t possibly keep up his current pace, can he?

Forte had 30 carries and two catches in last night’s win over the Bills after having 22 carries and five catches in Week One. That puts him on pace for 472 touches this season, which would be the second-most in any season in NFL history. That would seem to be an unsustainable pace, but Jets coach Todd Bowles indicated after the game that it’s the role the Jets signed Forte to play.

He’s a workhorse,” Bowles said. “He was getting the tough grind-it-out yards. . . He can run, he can catch, he can block. Just having somebody back there like that who’s going to keep grinding . . . helps us out a lot.”

Asked if the Jets will cut back on his workload, Forte shrugged it off.

“I don’t know. I don’t care either,” Forte said. “I’m going out there to play. As long as we keep winning, I don’t care if I have a 1,000 touches.”

Forte’s career-high in touches came in his rookie year, 2008, when he had 316 carries and 63 catches. It seems awfully unlikely that he could manage almost 100 more touches in his ninth year than he had in his first year, but through two games the Jets like making Forte the focal point of their offense.

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29 Responses to “Jets’ workhorse Matt Forte getting 30 touches a game”
  1. bbb82 says: Sep 16, 2016 10:22 AM

    Matt Forte isn’t 31.

  2. vicnocal says: Sep 16, 2016 10:24 AM

    What an alltime great. As a Bears fan, I have nothing but love for Forte, a pro’s pro.

  3. boido says: Sep 16, 2016 10:31 AM

    Viking fan here (one of the few non-delusionals), I always liked and respected Forte. I couldn’t believe the Bears let this guy walk. He might be getting up there age-wise for a running back, but he’s still one of the best in the business.

    He’s a tough runner that’s smart with the ball and has great hands out of the backfield. I’m happy he’s doing well in New York and that he’s out of our division.

  4. jjackwagon says: Sep 16, 2016 10:31 AM

    I like Forte as the focal point of their offense as well. He is on my FFL team.

  5. ariani1985 says: Sep 16, 2016 10:32 AM

    Big time Packer stock holder chiming in! Great back and we are stuck with a cheeseburger eating bafoon and I am not talking about the coach!

  6. tremoluxman says: Sep 16, 2016 10:38 AM

    Bowles is going to put him into a wheelchair at that pace.

  7. jmagnet28 says: Sep 16, 2016 10:41 AM

    Careful there Jets…don’t want him to run out of gas in week 12.

  8. eddyjf says: Sep 16, 2016 10:48 AM

    Nothing wrong with giving Forte a lot of touches. He only has to play in max of 16 games this year, no need to save him for playoffs.

  9. bazookajoeflacco says: Sep 16, 2016 10:59 AM

    Matt Forte fantasy owner chiming it. Lets keep it going. Love the fact they let him get the goal line carries too. I was worried that Powell would snipe the TD’s. 49 points in two weeks is all an owner could ask for. Also got Fitzpatrick, what a stud he has been. The guy slings the ball all over the place.

  10. elks84 says: Sep 16, 2016 11:00 AM

    I like Forte at the focal point of the Jets’ offense too.
    -Vikings, Lions, and Packer fans

  11. laxcoach37 says: Sep 16, 2016 11:03 AM

    Certainly not a Forte basher here, but it is highly unlikely the Jets will face such a porous defense throughout the year with a team that had so many 3 and outs on offense to go with it. The Time of Possession was so lopsided that they literally had the ball for about an extra 2-3 drives. This game had bombs away scoring and that also led to longer drives in the opposite direction. Fun to watch though.

  12. jimmysee says: Sep 16, 2016 11:06 AM

    The Jets are turning into Bears East. Who’s next to wear green and white? Jay Cutler?

  13. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 16, 2016 11:09 AM

    Glad he’s on my fantasy team!

  14. whatjusthapped says: Sep 16, 2016 11:11 AM

    Some might consider other RB’s as better but Forte doesn’t whip 4 year old’s bloody so he has that going for him.

  15. pftfan says: Sep 16, 2016 11:19 AM

    The same people saying Forte will run out of gas are the same people last season saying Brandon Marshall will run out of gas.

    Marshall ended up finishing with one of his best seasons; don’t be surprised if Forte does something similar.

  16. TheAfterParty says: Sep 16, 2016 11:28 AM

    3 years, $12 million. What a bargain. Forte and Marshall almost make up for Revis’ contract.

  17. ryann252013 says: Sep 16, 2016 11:39 AM

    @laxcoach37

    Cincinatti’s defense wasn’t too porous and he lit them up in the passing and running game.

  18. dsigrey says: Sep 16, 2016 11:40 AM

    It’s long season… he will not be effective the whole time if they keep this up.

  19. Rdog says: Sep 16, 2016 11:51 AM

    When you don’t have to worry about playing in the playoffs, a heavy workload is more manageable.

    Anyways, I predict he will get injured and miss at least 3 games.

  20. margoadams says: Sep 16, 2016 11:56 AM

    Forte Stud! Fitzpatrick toughest QB in the NFL. Go Pats!

  21. lingsun54 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:25 PM

    Old guys break down early if you give them too many carries. That happens to Reggie Bush every year. If he averaged 10 touches a game he might last the whole season.
    Forte could probably do 20 but 30 is insane.

  22. bondlake says: Sep 16, 2016 12:25 PM

    “On pace.” Why do writers continually use this comparison?

    Have they no imaginations?

  23. joefelicelli says: Sep 16, 2016 12:28 PM

    Forte was never really built to be a workhorse. He can eat up a lot of touches, but he is not really a short yardage guy, nor is he a particularly effective inside runner.

    He is the ultimate slasher. He will get you on the edges, the stretch plays, and out of the backfield.

    Loved him in Chicago, but he always needed a short yardage complementary back. Bears struggled for years to find one to balance out with him.

  24. deprado1 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:41 PM

    Loving that I got him in the 3rd round in my 12 team fantasy league.

  25. lenthevikesfan says: Sep 16, 2016 12:42 PM

    Kinda like when a guy hits a home run in the first game of the MLB season and some local TV sportscaster points out he’s on pace for 162 home runs this season.

  26. djvh2 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:54 PM

    I hoped Green Bay would sign him. He would be so perfect in their offense. Packers drafted Jordy about 5 picks before the Bears took Forte. Can’t complain about that. Forte probably would’ve averaged over 90 catches per season as a Packer though. I am so glad our rivals the Bears let him get away.

  27. edukator4 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:34 PM

    whats with this new attitude in sports? pitchers hit the 100 pitch mark and they are pulled. cant let a guy run more than 20 times in a game.
    new generation of players should toughen up.

  28. sdcharger123 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:05 PM

    Meanwhile, Mike McCoy can’t figure out how to give Melvin Gordon 25 touches per game and only plays him for two quarters at a time.

  29. pisano says: Sep 18, 2016 6:06 PM

    He’s a good back, but if the money and contracts were the same, give me back Chris Ivory. Forte doesn’t have that quick burst through the line that Ivory had with the Jets. The Jets need to use Bilal Powell more, and that will help Forte last longer.

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