With Marc Trestman taking over for departed former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, he is able to bring his own style to the offense and hopefully improve a little bit from what was lacking in 2014. One of those things is throwing it to the rushers coming out of the backfield, and it has the Ravens' top running back Justin Forsett excited about this season.
I’m excited about that – being used more, going out wide or catching passes out of the backfield. With coach [Marc] Trestman coming in, a lot of his backs have had a lot of passes. Even in OTAs, I’ve been catching a lot of balls, so I make sure I am sharp on my routes and ready to be used that way as well.
It certainly makes sense that the Ravens would be testing Forsett's ability to catch and run crisp routes early in the offseason process. With Trestman having brought Chicago's running back Matt Forte a lot of passes, it is more likely that Forsett will be the main guy out of the backfield for the Ravens. Forsett could see even more passes coming his way because he is such a force in pass protection during obvious passing plays, earning his way onto the field more in those situations and possibly being a guy that can chip an incoming pass rusher and still make a play in the passing game.
Forsett does go on to mention that it has not been a focal point, but after doing his research on Trestman, he realized that he could be seeing a lot more passes coming his way in 2015.
[It is] not a focal point. When we first brought [Marc Trestman] in and he was here, I looked at his track record. Most recently, [Matt] Forte caught like 100-and-something passes last year, I think, so that kind of let me know that I could be getting a lot more passes than I did last year. I caught around, I think, 40 [passes] last year, so I am just being ready for that and prepared for that.
If we can stipulate that Forsett catches 100 passes in 2015 using the ypc average that he earned in 2014, we can extrapolate his expected numbers to be around 600 yards for this upcoming season. Added onto the nearly 1300 yards on the ground that Forsett had in 2014, with a little improvement he could find himself in the 2000 total yards from scrimmage club.
For a guy that the Ravens brought in to help cover for Ray Rice's suspension last season, it is an unexpected and great turn of events for both the Ravens front office, coaching staff and for Forsett himself. Because of that improvement last season, Forsett even found himself among the NFL's top 100 players and as a breakout player in 2014. Hopefully for Forsett and the Ravens, he can continue to break out in 2015 by adding a whole new dimension to his game.