This past March, Justin Forsett was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Translation? One of the worst teams in football had no use for him.
“We had a few teams reach out to us after I got cut, but that always happens,” Forsett said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It was nothing serious. No one had confirmed anything, so I didn’t know where I would be at that point or if I’d get another chance or an opportunity. I was kind of bleak on the future.”
Less than a month later, however, Forsett signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Still, he was third on the depth chart when training camp opened.
But then Ray Rice get suspended. And then Bernard Pierce sustained a thigh injury.
Suddenly, Forsett, 28, was the man in Baltimore.
“There was definitely some unfortunate situations that happened that allowed me to get the opportunity,” Forsett said. “But I’m thankful for the chance. I’ve been preparing my whole career, my whole life, for an opportunity and a chance. I’m just trying to make the most of it right now.”
According to the stats, he is. Forsett has rushed 44 times for 255 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He had 14 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown in a 38-10 win over Carolina this past Sunday.
“Anytime you get in the end zone, it’s a blessing,” Forsett said. “You never know when it’s going to be your last play or your last game, so I just try to go out there and play with passion.”
Forsett’s teammate, Steve Smith, does the exact same thing – especially when he’s playing against his old team. Smith, who spent the first 13 years of his career in Carolina, torched the Panthers to the tune of seven catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was actually pretty calm,” Forsett said of the 35-year-old Smith during pregame. “It was the calm before the storm. He was focused. He was locked in, didn’t say too much. He was just about going out and doing his business – and man, did he ever.”
Smith knew it, too. After the game, he said he ran around the Panthers “like they were schoolboy kids.”
Forsett said he’s never seen anything in the NFL like he saw from Smith on Sunday.
“He’s a special guy, man,” Forsett said. “You’re talking about a beast. This guy can still run. He can still catch with the best – the top of the league. He can run routes, he’s precise, he’s smart and he’s a fiery guy. I’ll take Steve Smith any day on my team.”
Forsett will also take Lorenzo Taliaferro, who rushed 15 times for 58 yards and a score against Carolina. Sure, Forsett would like the lion’s share of the carries, but as his career has taught him, there are simply some things he cannot control.
“I can’t control when I get in,” he said. “But when I get in there, I can control my attitude and my effort. That’s my mindset.”
The Ravens play at Indianapolis this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.