A look at what's happening around the New York Jets:
1. Overworked-horse? It's too early to raise a red flag, but the Jets should be mindful of Matt Forte's workload. He already has 52 rushing attempts, which puts him on a pace for 416. That happens to be the NFL's single-season record, set in 2006 by Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson was only 26 years old at the time; Forte is 30 -- big difference.
The Jets should've learned a lesson last season. They ran Chris Ivory early and often, and it was apparent late in the year that he was running on fumes. This year, they don't have as much depth as 2015, so they should be extra cautious. Bilal Powell is a capable running back, but the only body after him is rookie Troymaine Pope, an undrafted free agent whom they acquired on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. The plan was to make Khiry Robinson the No. 3, but he re-fractured his leg in the final preseason game.
Forte, who averaged 17 carries per game over the last three years with the Chicago Bears, is known for his durability. He certainly looks fresh, perhaps because he missed a chunk of training camp due to a hamstring injury. But, again, the Jets to be smart about this.
Todd Bowles said "there will be some fluctuations, here and there" with Forte's workload, but he added, "As long as he's healthy, we're not going to hold him back."
The bye doesn't come until Week 10. This isn't the year to challenge Johnson's record.
2. Finding hidden gems: One of the great things about football -- in particular, the draft -- is there are no guarantees in the business of talent procurement. You never know where, or when, a legitimate player might pop up. Perfect example: The Jets' approach at wide receiver.
They've invested significant resources in the position in recent years, using second-round picks on Devin Smith (2015) and Stephen Hill (2012), trading for Brandon Marshall and spending $7.3 million a year on Eric Decker in free agency. The latter two moves have worked out, but the two draft picks? Not so much.
Then, out of the distant background, they find Quincy Enunwa and Jalin Marshall. Enunwa was the 209th player drafted in 2014 (a sixth-rounder), and Marshall was ignored by every team in the 2016 draft; the Jets signed him as a free agent. Anybody who saw Thursday night's game could see that both players played key roles and will help the team over the course of the season. Both receivers have been drawing positive reviews from teammates since Day 1 in training camp.
"He just understands the game and is just a really smart football player," Ryan Fitzpatrick said of Marshall.
It just goes to show: You never know.
3. Kudos to that guy: Former general manager John Idzik has received a lot of criticism for his ill-fated, two-year stint as the football boss -- specifically, for his lack of drafting acumen -- but give the man credit for Enunwa. He was a member of the Idzik 12, the 12-player draft class that has dwindled the three after only two years. Enunwa was a terrific pick, but the guy who really deserves props is current offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
A year ago, Gailey had the foresight to recognize that Enunwa, at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, has unique traits and could be more in his offense that just a wide receiver. He created a hybrid role -- part receiver, part tight end. Some people, including myself, questioned the wisdom of playing Enunwa over the established Jeremy Kerley, who was phased out, but Gailey knew what he was doing. Now they're reaping the benefits.
4. The lonesome ends: In Week 1, the Jets were the only team that didn't attempt a pass to a tight end. On the first play against the Buffalo Bills, Fitzpatrick targeted Brandon Bostick. Incomplete. A few plays later, he targeted Kellen Davis. Drop.
Quick, what's the over-under on the number of games before there's a completed pass to a tight end? I say it's six games.
5. Ball magnet strikes again: Marcus Williams has an uncanny ability to find the football. Or maybe, as Darrelle Revis said, "The ball finds him." The Jets' nickel back already has two interceptions, giving him eight over the last 18 games. That covers only 360 defensive snaps, which means he averages one interception for every 45 snaps. Projected over a full season, in an every-down role, Williams would have about 22 interceptions. That's crazy.
6. Revis fallout: The amount of criticism Revis is receiving is rather eye-opening. We're talking about a cornerback, not a quarterback. To me, this illustrates just how dominant he was during his prime. He raised the bar so high for the position that, in a way, he has become a victim of his own success. The "Revis Island" moniker, too, has come back to bite him. A lot of people, including that NBA airhead J.R. Smith, are having fun with it. Revis should've ignored him. Why lower yourself to Smith's level?
As for the immediate future, I don't think Bowles will continue to use Revis exclusively on the opponents' No. 1 receiver. He adopted that strategy against the Bills, but it wasn't a good test case because the Bills' No. 1, Sammy Watkins, was less than 100 percent because of a football injury. The ultimate test will be in Week 5 when the Jets face the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown.
7. Putting on the Fitz: One last note on Fitzpatrick's huge game against the Bills: His completion percentage to wide receivers (77.8) was the best by a Jets quarterback in the last 10 seasons (minimum: 25 attempts), according to ESPN Stats & Information. It topped Brett Favre's 76.0 mark in Week 3 of the 2008 season.
8. Deep thoughts: The Jets have to do a better job of defending the long ball, obviously. Get this: On passes of 30-plus yards downfield, opponents have completed four of five attempts, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. In 2015, it was 5-for-23, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Maybe, if the Bills had hit one more, Rex Ryan would've fired someone else other than his offensive coordinator.