I know that I'm already running the risk of going on more about Forsett - a guy that never took a snap for the 'Hawks - than some people did over Hutch, but I wanted to place all my thoughts together regarding the value I place on this guy as a player. I reserve the right to talk about him again should he ever get an opportunity to play, here or elsewhere.
I watched him play at Cal the last two years and the small sample of work that he had in the preseason. Nobody has any reason to give a shit about my opinion, but I've been watching football for twenty years and have seen lots of runningbacks come and go over that time. I was impressed with Forsett enough that I felt that - given the short shelf-life of the average NFL runner - he was at least worth keeping on the squad with eyes to the future; I certainly will never understand releasing him with several other lesser players remained on the roster and doing so in a week Morris went down with an injury from which he still has not returned.
In addition to his talent, there was also that special something that he had where all the players on the 'Hawks liked him. Not just didn't mind him being on the team; other 'Hawks wanted him to make this team, rooted for him hard when he was on the field. His hard work (and let's face it, people think short people that play hard are cute), hard running, and no questions asked affable nature drew the other 'Hawks to him. In an environment as jaded as the modern professional sports team, these types of lightning rods that bring out the rah-rah nature of their teammates are rare and special and this should be factored in to their value.
Players are more than their 40 times and height and weight dimensions. I believe that Forsett could be a player to be reckoned with should he ever get an opportunity to prove it. That he is being marginalized over what I believe to be "workout warrior" stats discourages me about the sport I love. You ever not get a job that you knew in your heart you were perfect for? The proof that you could do the job was on the other side of getting opportunity; this feels like that.