The Baltimore Ravens might have been finished with Justin Forsett, but it didn’t take long for the veteran running back to find work. One week after being granted his release in Baltimore, Forsett has landed on his feet in Detroit, where it’s reported the ninth-year player has come to terms with the Lions.
Forsett joins a backfield where there should be plenty of opportunity to contribute with Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve and out for the season. Theo Riddick has taken over as primary back, but his career 3.1 yards per carry average leaves a lot to be desired in that role. With rookie Dwayne Washington also battling an ankle injury, Zach Zenner was the only other back who was active for the Lions on Sunday.
The dynamic would seem to pave the way for Forsett to contribute immediately. Having played for six different NFL teams and in numerous offenses, the 2014 Pro Bowl selection should be able to catch on quickly. Should he play well, there’s a chance he could even take over as the team’s feature back, allowing Riddick to star as a passing-down specialist.
Of course, there are reasons the Ravens mutually agreed to part ways with Forsett. He was averaging just 3.2 yards per carry through three games this season and lost his job to Terrance West.
Forsett also turns 31 years old this week, which would be considered over the hill for most starting running backs. A backup for the majority of his career, Forsett may not have the same high mileage as most backs his age, but he doesn’t have a huge body of work to reflect on either. Forsett’s Pro Bowl campaign with the Ravens in 2014 accounts for roughly one-third of his career production.
In all likelihood, Forsett is merely a bandage, possibly even just for a few weeks until Washington returns. If he plays well, it could be more, and that is no doubt what was attractive about Detroit in the first place. Based on his production in Baltimore though, the Lions probably aren’t counting on it.