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Psst! Don't forget about Justin Forsett in Ravens' running back battle

Veteran Justin Forsett is flying under the radar for the Ravens at running back. Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Terrance West stole the show in Monday night's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium with his big runs. Kenneth Dixon became the star of Saturday night's workout before 25,000 at the stadium with his open-field moves.

The one Baltimore Ravens running back that few are talking about this training camp is the one who has led the team in rushing the last two seasons. Justin Forsett finds himself in the peculiar position of being atop the depth chart while flying under the radar.

"Justin is quietly having an excellent camp," coach John Harbaugh said.

Forsett's 1,907 yards rushing the last two seasons are the eighth-most in the NFL. But unlike some of the others ahead of him on that list -- DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Le'Veon Bell -- Forsett hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot.

Harbaugh declined to name his No. 1 running back in February, and the Ravens drafted a running back in the fourth round for the third straight year. That put a huge question mark at the running back position for the offseason and training camp.

"I think there are a lot of jobs on our team up for grabs," running backs coach Thomas Hammock said. "So just to single out the running backs, I don’t think that is fair."

Forsett joked at the start of training camp that he doesn't understand the term "running back by committee." He just hasn't made the highlight runs this summer to separate himself.

What Forsett has working for him is the best track record in this running back group. Since Forsett surprisingly filled Ray Rice's starting spot in 2014, his 22 runs over 20 yards (first), 4.9-yard rushing average (fifth) and 2,323 yards from scrimmage all rank in the top 10 among running backs the last two seasons.

But at 30 years old -- which is five years older than any other running back on the roster -- he has plenty to prove. Forsett didn't thrive last season under offensive coordinator Marc Trestman like he did in Gary Kubiak's offense. He is also coming off a broken arm that ended his season at the 11-week mark.

Now, Forsett is looking to hold onto his starting job and hold off the likes of Javorius Allen, West and Dixon, all of whom have made bigger plays in training camp.

"I see the same running back that we had two years ago, in terms of his speed, his explosiveness, his vision," Harbaugh said. "He really looks good. I know there’s a lot of talk about the other guys, but he’s playing really well."