November 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Justin Forsett (28) rushes during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars Sign RB Justin Forsett

Not a big splash, but an effective sign for the Jacksonville Jaguars much like the Geno Hayes move. Forsett is only 27 and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 7th round during the 2008 draft. Last year he backed up Arian Foster in Houston. He has played in zone blocking schemes before having played in the scheme at Cal during his college years.

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In 2012 with the Texans, he carried the ball 63 times for 374 yards and a touchdown. He’s caught 100 passes over the past four seasons and has a career yards-per-carry average of 4.87.

I really like this sign for several reasons. First and foremost he is a capable back-up. Secondly, he’ll serve as a change of pace back which the Jaguars have not had in previous years. He fits the new regime’s mold. He’s only 27 and has a lot to prove.

In 2012 when MJD went down we were reduced to a slew of running backs including Rashad Jennings, Jalen Parmele, Keith Toston, and Richard Murphy, none of which proved to be able to carry the load. Forsett boosts the backfield and is a major upgrade over any RB on the Jags roster not named Maurice Jones-Drew.

-David R. Johns

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