Former Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett is making his sideline reporting debut for the Ravens Radio Network Sept. 13, and the former Pro Bowler is preparing for a new perspective on the game.
Forsett called four games as the color commentator alongside longtime play-by-play announcer Gerry Sandusky last year. This season, however, Forsett is moving a little closer to the action, as he will be reporting from the sideline for the Ravens' road games.
"I'm going to be playing it by ear, at least these first couple times, and hopefully I don't screw anything up," Forsett said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Forsett, who isn't far removed from his playing career, hopes to provide a unique and personal perspective to his reporting. Forsett played for the Ravens from 2014-2016 as part of a nine-year career in the league.
"I'll be able to have a close-up view of what's going on," Forsett said. "Kind of dissect plays and get a little bit of interaction on the sidelines with some of the people."
Forsett gave a glimpse of what fans can expect from him as a sideline reporter with his candid takes on the Ravens' season-opening, 47-3 win against the Buffalo Bills.
"I took a nap during halftime, and woke up and the score was crazy," Forsett said. "I thought it was the sixth preseason game."
Forsett admitted that while the Ravens dominated the Bills, there are still things his former team could improve upon -- specifically, who will be the Ravens' top running back moving forward.
Alex Collins, who many believed would be the No. 1 back for the Ravens this year, had an underwhelming Week 1 performance, rushing for just 13 yards before being benched in the second quarter for fumbling.
"Hopefully they feed [Collins] early and often on Thursday, and he gets that confidence back," Forsett said.
With Kenneth Dixon being placed on injured reserve Sept. 12, the other running backs on the roster are Buck Allen and De'Lance Turner. Forsett thinks a duo of Allen and Collins could be a dangerous duo.
"I think the way they're utilizing [Collins] is going to be that lead back, but allowing someone that has that superior skill set in route running and pass catching, in Buck Allen, to kind of take that role."
Forsett also shared his thoughts on another running back dilemma in the AFC North. Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell still has not signed his $14.54 million franchise tender, preferring to hold out in hopes for a long-term contract rather than play on a one-year deal.
Second-year running back James Conner shined during the Steelers' 21-21 stalemate against the Cleveland Browns Sept. 9. Conner rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
"I think Conner is a great running back … but Le'Veon is a one-of-a-kind running back that you see, and he can really elevate their game and take them to the next level," Forsett said, "Selfishly and biased as a Raven, I hope they never work it out."
For more from Forsett, listen to the full interview here:
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