AFC North Positional Rankings: Running Back

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Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the third quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

3. Baltimore Ravens

RB1: Justin Forsett (3rd among starters)

RB2: Lorenzo Taliaferro (4th among backups)

RB3: Buck Allen

FB: Kyle Juszczyk (1st among fullbacks)

Before the 2014 season, Justin Forsett was just a guy. Forsett was a journeyman; he had played for four different teams, had never received more than 118 carries in a season and had never run for more than 619 yards in a season.

Enter 2015.

Forsett starts in Baltimore’s Week 1, rushing for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also added five receptions for 14 yards and a 6.8 yards per carry average. Forsett got better and better as the season went on, ending 2014 with 1,266 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns and 263 receiving yards. He averaged an astounding 5.4 yards per carry and only fumbled once despite recording almost 300 touches.

Lorenzo Taliaferro was a solid change of pace back for Baltimore, recording 292 rushing yards, 114 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.

Although Baltimore doesn’t have the most impressive running backs in the AFC North, it still boasts two solid running backs and the division’s best fullback in Kyle Juszcyzyk (ranked Matt Miller’s fourth-best fullback in football). And despite losing former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, an offensive mind who was able to implement a zone-blocking scheme built to Forsett’s strong suit, Baltimore’s running game will likely be just as strong come the 2015 season.

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