FA­MIL­IAR GROUND

RB Forsett has played for Ku­biak

The Denver Post - - NFL SUNDAY - Nick Groke: ngroke@den­ver­post.com or @nick­groke By Nick Groke

“H e don’t make the law. He Justin Forsett.”

That’s the inside-joke Twit­ter avatar of the Bron­cos’ new­est run­ning back, with a photo of him in a state trooper uni­form. Forsett was signed Mon­day off the NFL’s waiver wire to re­place the in­jured Kapri Bibbs and he ar­rived at Dove Val­ley with, as Gary Ku­biak said, “a lot of juice.”

Forsett, 31, in his ninth NFL sea­son, re­turned to fa­mil­iar ground with the Bron­cos, even if he’s never played for them. Through stints with the Sea­hawks, Tex­ans and Ravens, Forsett played with sev­eral cur­rent or former Bron­cos coaches, in­clud­ing Ku­biak, Gregg Knapp, Rick Den­ni­son and Alex Gibbs. And he played in col­lege at Cal­i­for­nia with fel­low run­ning back C.J. An­der­son, the Bron­cos No. 1 back who is out for the sea­son with a knee in­jury.

Af­ter sweep­ing into Dove Val­ley, Forsett talked with re­porters about his ar­rival in Den­ver. Q: How re­lieved are you that it worked out you’re in Den­ver? A: It’s a god­send. I’m ex­tremely ex­cited to be here with this or­ga­ni­za­tion and be among fam­ily. Q: Did you talk to C.J. An­der­son when you got here? A: Def­i­nitely. He was one of the first guys to reach out to me. We went to Cal to­gether, played with each other, and I’d come back in the off­sea­son and work out with him, try to show him the ropes. It’s good to be here with him. Q: Why does the Gary Ku­biak of­fen­sive scheme work so well for you? A: I’ve spent a lot of time in it, a lot of reps. My first in­tro­duc­tion with that sys­tem was way back with Greg Knapp (former Sea­hawks co­or­di­na­tor, now Bron­cos quar­ter­backs coach) in Seat­tle, way back in my sec­ond year in the league. And I got a lot of tute­lage un­der Alex Gibbs (former Bron­cos as­sis­tant), who was big in this of­fense. And then I went to Ku­biak in Hous­ton and I’ve kinda been with it ever since. Q: How are you phys­i­cally? Can you take 10-12 car­ries on Sun­day? A: Oh yeah. My thing is, over my whole ca­reer, you never know when your op­por­tu­nity will come. But you can con­trol how you pre­pare for that mo­ment. That’s been my mind­set all year, to be pre­pared for the mo­ment when it came. And now I’m ready. Q: You must have known there would be in­ter­est in some­one pick­ing you up. Did you know ahead of time the Bron­cos were in­ter­ested? A: I was hav­ing din­ner with my wife and two boys. We knew when the dead­line was, on 4 o’clock (ET) Mon­day. So we were wait­ing on a call. And to hear that Den­ver claimed me, we were ex­cited. I was hop­ing (the Bron­cos would call). When I came in this fa­cil­ity and saw fa­mil­iar faces, coach Ku­biak and Knapp and Rico (Bron­cos co­or­di­na­tor Rock Den­ni­son) and all those guys, that’s fam­ily to me. I al­ways wanted to be here. Q: What has been miss­ing from the Den­ver run­ning game that you can make up for? A: I don’t know. But I know my skill-set. Some of the ver­sa­til­ity, be­ing able to run routes out of the back­field, split out wide, run the ball in an out­side and inside zone scheme. My thing is, I want to be a spark. That’s my ob­jec­tive. Q: That 2014 sea­son, what went so well for you with Ku­biak in Bal­ti­more when he was the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor? A: Just him be­liev­ing in me, giv­ing me an op­por­tu­nity. I’m a guy who, when I come off the bus, I don’t wow you with ap­pear­ance. I’m 5-foot-8, 197 pounds. Coach Kube doesn’t care. We had an ex­pe­ri­ence with each other and he trusts me. We’ve had a lot of suc­cess. The ter­mi­nol­ogy and ev­ery­thing, I’ve been with it maybe seven out of the nine years I’ve played in this league. So it’s fa­mil­iar to me. I feel at home. And I still have a lot to give. Be­ing here gives me that op­por­tu­nity. Q: Ku­biak keeps talk­ing about your en­thu­si­asm. He says you brought a lot of juice to the team. Do you feel like a spark? A: I’m en­joy­ing the tran­si­tion. It’s been fun get­ting back to fa­mil­iar faces and a fa­mil­iar play­book. There are a lot of lead­ers on this team. They’re very vo­cal on the field and in the locker room, en­cour­ag­ing guys. There is a lot of en­thu­si­asm around here. Q: Some­times fans think of foot­ball play­ers like ro­bots. But you’re very real on Twit­ter. It’s in­sight­ful hear­ing a run­ning back say he has to take a break from foot­ball be­cause his kids want to watch “Land Be­fore Time.” A: That’s my lit­tle out­let. I en­joy it. It’s fun. That’s me, that’s all me. I don’t put on a show on so­cial me­dia. I just try to let peo­ple in and let them know what I’m do­ing. Find ways to be en­cour­ag­ing and maybe make peo­ple laugh at the same time.

Cindy Ord, Getty Im­ages file

Justin Forsett has played for sev­eral cur­rent or former Bron­cos’ coaches in his nine sea­sons in the NFL.

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