Ravens To Keep All 4 Top RBs

The Ravens have an uncommonly deep group of running backs. That’s a “good problem,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman says, an indication that they won’t trade from their surplus of talent. 

I love good problems,” Roman said (video via team website). “I think I’ve learned over the years, if you got good problems, bring ’em this way. And I say that unabashedly. Talented, hardworking players that love football, bring ’em on….We’ll find ways to make it work, for sure. To have that kind of backfield is a blessing.”

The Ravens bolstered their backfield in April by selecting Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins in the second round. He’ll join Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, and Mark Ingram, who delivered his third 1,000-yard season in 2019. The 30-year-old averaged 4.5 yards per carry across eight seasons with the Saints, he took things to a new level last year offense, setting a new career watermark with 5.0 ypc. This year, he’ll look to continue the upward trend while teaching the younger Dobbins the finer points of pass blocking.

Other RB-needy teams will have to look elsewhere for help, perhaps by getting in touch with Devonta Freeman, who remains available after rejecting a one-year, $3MM deal from the Seahawks.

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24 comments on “Ravens To Keep All 4 Top RBs

    • crosseyedlemon

      Jackson was tasked with providing almost all the rushing against the Titans in the playoffs and that was an epic disaster.

      • DarkSide830

        im not saying they dont need a good RB or two, (or three) i. just saying its 5 guys sharing carries, not four

    • chuckleberry74

      Their 5th guy also led the league in passing touchdowns and didn’t throw 1 red zone interception. I think it adds to the mystique and they likely will break last year’s rushing record this year.

      • DarkSide830

        dont get me wrong, im not saying he’s a glorified RB or anything, i just dont see the need for 4 other RB when the QB can cover for one or two on top of his passing talents.

        • Baltsportsfan

          This will probably be Ingram’s last year here so this isn’t a long term thing. And Lamar’s carries this year will probably also be reduced.

        • jkoms57

          I guess you don’t know how football works.

          A running QB picks up rush yards on passing plays , the designed runs are still for RBs

          And running QBs are most effective next to RBs who draw a lot of attention up the middle.

      • wagner13

        While the Ravens will definitely rack up a ton of rushing yards, I doubt they set the record two consecutive years. That very rarely happens in any sport and the ground attack is bound for regression after the retirement of Marshal Yanda. Defenses will also have all offseason to study the Ravens’ offense and determine the best defensive strategy

        • crosseyedlemon

          The Bills led the league in rushing in 2015 and 2016. Ravens lose Yanda but they face some rather suspect defenses in the NFC East so they could also repeat.

          • wagner13

            Leading the league and setting an NFL record are not synonymous. Also, according to DVOA, the only NFC East squad with a below average run defense was Washington. In fact, the Giants and Eagles each ranked inside the top ten

    • mrshyguy99

      a so called RB that had over 3000 yards and over 30 TDs something the golden boy vick never did

  1. b00giem@n

    They better there’s no one there that can throw the ball: lose your running game things get tough.

  2. kylewait89

    All these troll comments. Knowing that Jackson led the NFL in TD passes.

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Yeah, it’s inconceivable how anyone could logically dismiss LJ as a QB. He’s not just a pure runner at the position.

    • jkoms57

      I think he was almost too good last year that people think after some tape is disected , he will be figured out.

      That’s TBD, but cant deny he was doing something different than the league could figure out for a while . Gotta give him props for now, especially with how quickly things clicked for him after being so volatile in college

  3. mrshyguy99

    if my 49ers can keep their top RBS why not the ravens if their offense fit having a lot of RBs

  4. All American Johnsonville Dogs

    Should trade Gus Edwards to a RB needy team like the Texans. Play your cards right and you could convince BOB to give up at least a 3rd.

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