The New York Jets are well into training camp and are still waiting for running back Matt Forte to practice with the team on a full basis. Forte has done some individual drills with the running back position group, but has not participated in team drills, which is raising some concerns from fans.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles is not concerned with when Forte will be ready and continues to prepare his team the same way for the upcoming season.
“When he’s back, he’s back,” said Bowles. “I don’t have a timetable for him. We understand the process we’re taking with him, and we’re fine with it.”
Forte realizes it has been a bit longer recovery than he expected, but he is fully confident he will be ready to go by the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s taken longer than I expected, just because we’re being super, super cautious about it,” said Forte. “At this point there’s no reason to really rush back out there. I got a lot of reps in the offseason, I know the offense, and by watching in camp and stuff I know a lot more. It won’t take that long to get back into it.”
Forte is expected to be a big part of the offense alongside Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Forte brings 2,718 all-purpose yards which leads the league since entering in 2008.
The Jets must watch Forte’s hamstring injury because an aggravation to the hamstring could push his absence even longer. Forte and the Jets must continue to stay patient and be precautionary with Forte until the regular season begins.