Friday proved to be a busy day for the Ravens as in addition to officially announcing the acquisition of Owen Daniels, the team also announced the signing of running back Justin Forsett.
As a journeyman running back, Forsett has played for four different teams – Seattle (2008-11), Indianapolis (2008), Houston (2012) and Jacksonville (2013) – in his six year NFL career prior to signing with the Ravens today.
“I guess I have a chip on my shoulder the size of Texas that I wanna get of,” replied Forsett when asked about how excited he was to be playing for the Ravens and Gary Kubiak.
Head coach John Harbaugh is excited for Forsett to be a part of the Ravens as well. Justin is a player he sees having a role not just in the running game but the passing game as well.
“He’s got great hands,” Harbaugh said. “He does a great job in pass protection as well. Obviously, he can run the ball as a running back [and] also contributes on special teams. He’s a very versatile football player and has had a lot of success since he came into the league.”
While Forsett doesn’t have gaudy career numbers (347 carries for 1,692 yards and eight touchdowns) he could play a critical role out of a Ravens backfield that will surely be without Ray Rice for at least a few games this year.
“I know this team is a championship team. I’m at a point in my career where I want to win and I want to win now.”
Forsett will no doubt face competition throughout offseason activities and much of training camp. By no means does this cure the Ravens’ backfield woes as the team will still no doubt look for another in May’s NFL draft.
What it does mean is the team gets another player that has experience under Gary Kubiak, whom Forsett played for in the 2012 season in Houston.
It is unknown if Forsett will make the team in 2014 but at the very least it will give Kubiak and company a player that can assist other players in the new offensive scheme.
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