Baltimore Ravens: Justin Forsett Ranked 65th in the NFL


Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) joins Joe Flacco, CJ Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Marshal Yanda as Ravens selected to the 2015 NFL top 100 list. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have had no shortage of players listed in the top 100 players of 2015. However, this season many of those players have been ranked much lower than previous years.

Quarterback Joe Flacco (97), linebacker CJ Mosley (94), linebacker Terrell Suggs (84) and guard Marshal Yanda (79) were the four players revealed in the top 71-100. Except for the rookie linebacker, the veteran players all fell from previously high marks as ranked by their fellow NFL teammates. Haloti Ngata is ranked 82nd, but he is no longer a part of the team.

As the next section of the top 100 was released, running back Justin Forsett was the only Ravens player listed, who was voted as the 65th best player in the NFL. This appearance is the first time he has made it on the list in his eight-year career.

He had this to say when his ranking was announced.

Baltimore fans certainly knew he was an excellent running back as the season progressed. He previously played on four different teams behind star running backs. So when he came to the purple and black, it was a new environment when he had the chance to compete for the number one position when the Ray Rice situation saw him leave the team.

Before coming to play beside Flacco, he only started seven games in his career. He started 14 times and played in all 16 games for the Ravens.

He ended the season with over 1200 yards on the ground and over 250 yards receiving. He nearly matched his total career numbers on the ground, which was a little over 1600 yards before coming to Baltimore.

The biggest impact he had which makes him impossible to miss by his fellow colleagues is his average of 5.4 yards per carry. He ranked third in the NFL in that category, with only two backs rushing for a better average.

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Only three other running backs eclipsed the five yards-per-rush plateau. He also ranked in the top 10 in first downs rushed for, touchdowns and total rushing yards (in which he ranked in the top five).

Forsett was obviously one of the top running backs in the league. Adrian Peterson is the only running back ranked higher at this point in the countdown.

A few of the other top running backs are bound to show up higher in the rankings such as Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch.

The Ravens secured Forsett on the team for another three years with a new deal earlier in the offseason. As Forsett alluded to in his tweet, the recognition from his NFL colleagues is only the beginning of what he is going to do in Baltimore.

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