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New Ravens OC Marc Trestman told ESPN.com that it's an "overblown perception" that he's necessarily pass-heavy with his offensive approach. He says he has schemed to his teams' strengths, and Baltimore's starts on the ground. “Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn’t mean you’re not going to throw the ball,” Trestman said, via ESPN.com. “But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team and we have the players to do that." Trestman's Bears ranked 24th and 30th in the league in rushing attempts the past 2 years, but that team had a pair of #1-type WRs, a strong receiving TE and perhaps the league's best receiving RB. We're already on board with RB Justin Forsett in 2015 fantasy football drafts. If Trestman does lean run more, it could help reserves Lorenzo Taliaferro and Buck Allen find more regular touches. Cowboys OC Scott Linehan -- for what it's worth -- gave an example last year of a traditionally pass-heavy coach who can lean way in the other direction if the situation merits. For now, we're not altering our projections for the Ravens offense at all, though.

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Ravens insider Aaron Wilson confirmed that OC Marc Trestman is keeping the zone-blocking scheme in place that former OC Gary Kubiak ran.  It's excellent news for RB Justin Forsett, who thrived in the system last year, ripping off a personal-best 1,266 yards on 5.4 yards per carry.  We're not projecting Forsett to reach either mark in 2015, but he'll remain a big-time contributor on the ground.  And his receiving numbers should grow under Trestman, who has a long history of getting RBs involved in the passing game.

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Ravens RB Justin Forsett is ready for an increased role in the passing game under new OC Marc Trestman.  "I'm excited about that -- being used more, going out wide or catching passes out of the backfield," Forsett said. "With Coach Trestman coming in, a lot of backs have had a lot of passes. Even in OTAs, I've been catching a lot of balls, so I make sure I am sharp on my routes and ready to be used that way as well."  Trestman has had a RB catch at least 48 balls in all 10 of his seasons as a play-caller. On average, his top RB has tallied 65.4 grabs.  That's a number Forsett could reach in 2015.  ESPN's Jamison Hensley believes that Forsett could even double last year's 44 receptions.  That's lofty, but Forsett is certainly in the mix to lead all RBs in catches this season. 

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4 months ago

The Ravens selected RB Buck Allen in the 4th round.  This fit makes a ton of sense.  Allen is 1 of the best pass-catching backs in this draft class, racking up 41 catches for 458 yards and a score in 2014.  He led the RB class in yards per route run, per Pro Football Focus.  Allen joins a Ravens offense run by OC Marc Trestman, who loves to get his RBs involved in the passing game.  Justin Forsett is a strong pass-catcher, but Allen could immediately eat into his receiving production.  Longer term, the 6'0, 221-pounder has the potential to develop into a lead back.  Allen's arrival is bad news for RB Lorenzo Taliaferro.

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Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was arrested and charged with DUI early Wednesday morning in Baltimore.  A popular sleeper pick last summer, Pierce was a major disappointment in 2014.  He fell behind both Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro on the depth chart, finishing with just 93 carries for 366 yards (3.9 YPC).  This DUI charge could put his roster spot in jeopardy.

Update: Pierce has been released.  Baltimore is now left with Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro atop its RB depth chart.  It could be a position the Ravens target in the draft.

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5 months ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Ravens have reached a deal to keep RB Justin Forsett around. Forsett enjoyed easily his best year to date in 2014 but then watched OC Gary Kubiak move on to Denver. Baltimore replaced him with Marc Trestman, who ran the Bears offense that found 102 receptions for Matt Forte -- 19 more than any other RB in the league last year. Forsett will turn 30 in mid-October but has logged just 582 carries in his career, including only 235 as the Ravens' lead back last year. We wouldn't be surprised to see Lorenzo Taliaferro take on more work in 2015 -- or the team bring in another back -- but Forsett looks like the top early candidate to lead the backfield in touches again. Expect him to settle into RB2 range when our 2015 fantasy football rankings come out.

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Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee, ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Jaguars. Bernard Pierce will serve as the #2 RB behind Justin Forsett but is unlikely to see more than a handful of carries.

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Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee, ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. He didn’t practice all week, though, and is not expected to play. That’ll leave Bernard Pierce to see a handful of carries behind Justin Forsett.

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Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro suffered a sprain knee and ankle in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.  Taliaferro was back in the #2 RB spot in that one, carrying 7 times for 35 yards.  But he's iffy for this weekend's game against the Jaguars and wasn't a fantasy option anyway.  If Taliaferro is sidelined, Bernard Pierce will be locked in as Justin Forsett's backup.

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