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Ravens add depth to running game and sign Justin Forsett to one-year deal


By on 4/05/2014 08:40:00 PM

The Baltimore Ravens are slowly but surely addressing their necessities during the NFL free agency period that began in March.  Due to uncertain circumstances in regards to their starting running back Ray Rice, the Ravens announced the signing of former Jacksonville Jaguar running back Justin Forsett, according to the team's website.  Despite only playing in nine games last year, Forsett will likely be a smart choice for the Ravens for the running back position.

With the questionable status of running back Rice and backup Bernard Pierce's claims of now being healthy, the Ravens decided to keep their options open by signing Forsett on Friday.  Forsett comes to Baltimore from the Jacksonville Jaguars where he primarily served as the backup to Maurice Jones-Drew.

Forsett, who is 5-foot-8 and 194 pounds, was drafted in the seventh round out of the University of California in 2008 by the Seattle Seahawks. He spent three seasons with the Seahawks and had his best year in 2009, rushing for 619 yards and four touchdowns.  Joining the Texans in 2012, Forsett backed up star running back Arian Foster and played all 16 games in Houston.

Mike Morebeck via Wikimedia Commons
Leaving Houston for Jacksonville last year, Forsett had just six carries for 31 yards and caught 15 passes for 82 yards.  In a 13-6 November 24th win over his former Houston Texans team, Forsett suffered a non-displaced fracture in his foot.  The Jaguars placed him on the injured reserve list, ending his 2013 year in week 12. Forsett speaks of his time in Jacksonville:
Definitely, I had a lot of injuries and a lot of adversity last year being in Jacksonville. It made me stronger, definitely a better man, and I'm excited to release everything that I have in me out on this field.
In six NFL seasons, Forsett has rushed for 1,692 yards on 347 carries, and scored eight touchdowns. He also has caught 115 passes for 850 yards and a touchdown.

Forsett previously played for new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston, meaning he will luckily arrive already knowing the playbook. Turning 29 years old this October, the Baltimore Sun reports that Forsett is looking forward to getting back on the field and joining a suddenly accomplished group of offensive threats that includes Rice, Dennis Pitta, wide receivers Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown.

The Ravens signing of Forsett comes a day after they signed tight end Owen Daniels, another player that hails from Houston and former coach Gary Kubiak.  Daniels also was the victim of injury in 2013 due to a fractured fibula suffered in October of last year.

The Baltimore Ravens are slowly and surely utilizing free agency to fill in the slots that they deem necessary. A successful 2014 is their focus, and they are now seeing the light at the end of such a dark tunnel.

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