Running backs have many roles in a football game, whether it be carrying the ball, pass blocking, acting like a decoy, or going out for a pass. Although most people only pay attention to the stats a back puts up, the little things are often the things that endear them to their coaches and teammates, and keep them on the field.
Justin Forsett began his Ravens career as a veteran journeyman backup who was filling in behind Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro until Ray Rice came back from suspension. But a 2 game suspension became a season suspension, accompanied by his release, and Forsett went on to produce stats worthy of a pro bowl berth.
But it was not just his rushing and receiving that was pro bowl worthy. Forsett displayed elite pass blocking ability, as evidenced by this ranking by PFF:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Top 5 RBs by PFF Pass Block Rating: 1. Justin Forsett 92 2. Jonathan Stewart 91 3. Eddie Lacy 88 4. Steven Jackson 85 5. Jacquizz Rodgers 84</p>— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF/status/639147579528245248">September 2, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Forsett has the ability to play all 3 downs, and the expectation is that he will this year. Trestman will get the ball to him in space, and the hope is that he will match or eclipse his production from last year.