There’s always some risk involved with playing a starter you plan to rely on all year in a preseason game. Baltimore will now suffer the consequences of losing a key starter to a season-ending injury in their preseason finale.
J.K. Dobbins is expected to miss the entire 2021 season with a knee injury, according to what ESPN’s Adam Schefter has learned about the situation. Dobbins had to be carted off the field following what looked to be a routine tackle as he tried to gain extra yards on a reception.
While losing Dobbins is obviously detrimental to the Ravens run-heavy offensive attack, Baltimore is fortunate to have Gus Edwards, who is widely regarded as among the best backup running backs in the league. Beyond Edwards, Ty’son Williams could fill in production. He ran for 42 yards on FOUR carries Saturday night. It’s even possible rookie Saginaw Valley State product Nate McCrary may have now earned an opportunity. McCary was provided the bulk of the carriers in the win over Washington, totaling 68 yards on the ground.
Former Pro Bowler Todd Gurley also remains available as a free agent and other backs will become available as team’s continue to cut down their roster. Would the Ravens even be interested in whoever becomes the odd man out of the Steelers running back depth chart?
Even though the Ravens may feel they still have capable running backs on the roster, Dobbins’ solid 2020 season and projection to emerge as the main guy made Baltimore comfortable not bringing back veteran Mark Ingram, who did average 4.2 yards per carry in a backup security role last year and is only two years removed from surpassing 1,000 yards on the ground in 2019.
Dobbins ran for 805 yards with 9 touchdowns on 134 carries in 15 games during his rookie campaign. Missing all of his second NFL season is certainly a blow to 22-year-old’s young career. After being a star at Ohio State, Dobbins 6 yards per carry average last season had many expecting big things in 2021.