Justin Forsett poised for bounceback game-- Tue Dec 16 10:18 am --
Ravens RB says disappointing Week 15 due to Jags stacking box
Ravens running back Justin Forsett encountered some tough sledding Sunday against his old team.
During a 20-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett had trouble finding room to run. He didn't gain much traction, rushing for only 48 yards on 16 carries. It marked Forsett's lowest rushing total since a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was held to a season-low 38 yards on nine carries.
The Jaguars regularly deployed eight and nine defenders to crowd the line of scrimmage and prevent Forsett from breaking free downfield.
Ranked third in the NFL with 1,128 rushing yards for the season, Forsett averaged just three yards per carry Sunday with a long run of six yards.
“Their mindset coming in was to stop the run,” said Forsett, who was cut by the Jaguars last spring after one injury-plagued season in Jacksonville in which he rushed for 31 yards on six carries. “They were a physical bunch. They’ve got a great front seven and they did a good job. The box and safeties were down, but it was a good challenge for us.(Baltimore Sun)
FF Today's Take:With WR Torrey Smith banged up and Steve Smith, Sr. pretty quiet the past few weeks, this was a strategy that made sense for Jacksonville. He'll likely resume his normal workload and have better results facing the reeling Texans in Week 16.
Torrey Smith running at half-speed Friday-- Fri Dec 12 1:10 pm --
avens wide receiver Torrey Smith returned to practice Friday, but didn't look like he was anywhere close to his usual form..
Smith was characterized as a game-time decision by coach John Harbaugh.
Smith was favoring his sprained right knee, wearing a brace and looking gimpy and uncomfortable running pass patterns at half-speed.
FF Today's Take:This doesn't sound promising. Smith was active last week but only played 15 snaps and wasn't targeted. Unless something drastic occurs, expect Smith to be Inactive and Steve Smith to get plenty of looks on Sunday.
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