The Jets have been relying heavily on 30-year-old RB Matt Forte over the first two games of the season, writes Rich Cimini for ESPN.
Forte has had 52 rushing attempts so far, putting him on pace for 416, which Cimini notes would be the new NFL single-season record.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles said there would be some 'fluctuation' regarding Forte's usage.
"There will be some fluctuations, here and there. As long as he's healthy, we're not going to hold him back."
Forte averaged 17 carries per game last season for the Bears.
For the Jets, this should be something they certainly monitor going forward. I know there was a lot of talk about the Jets maintaining a 50/50 split in the backfield, but that seemed a little silly to me. Forte is an upgrade in every way over Bilal Powell and while they gave them similar contracts monetarily I didn't see that as a reason to have a straight platoon situation.
But there has to be concern about wearing Forte down before November. If the Jets have playoff aspirations, they can't have Forte too banged up for a potential stretch run. Then again, if they can't win now there's no possibility later on for said stretch run.
More than anything, I would like to see the Jets using Powell on every third or fourth series and again late in games if they are able to put together a decent lead. If there's two things I have noticed about Forte's use it is as follows. First, I thought they would be using him much more as a passing option, but the emergence of Quincy Enunwa has obviated that need for the Jets.
In some ways I think the presence of Forte allows for Enunwa and Enunwa for Forte. In other words, I mean that, second, Forte is seeing a lot softer defensive fronts because of the Jets having three very strong passing options who are pulling defenders out of the box and making the work just a little easier for Forte.
Over the next several weeks I suspect the Jets will ratchet down how much they are using Forte as a ball-carrier and include Powell more. But in that trade-off, I do think they would want to include Forte more in the passing game to keep the mojo of the Jets' top three receivers rolling.