In frustrating times, it’s easy to lose perspective. Many Ravens fans are probably tempted to use the word “bust” to describe Kenneth Dixon. Here is why you shouldn’t:
First of all, an NFL Draft bust is a player that never amounted to much in the NFL. It is a player that either didn’t meet the expectations of the team that drafted him, or because of his own accord, he never got a chance to. This definition doesn’t apply to Kenneth Dixon at the moment. The number one thing we have to remember is that it’s too early to call Dixon a bust. Dixon’s career isn’t over. This isn’t the end of his chances in Baltimore, it’s just the end of his second season.
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Injuries don’t make a player a bust in my opinion. Dan Cody, for example never got a chance to live up to his expectations. Injuries are uncontrollable and therefore not something you can blame players for. There are exceptions to every rule. Sergio Kindle for example was a knucklehead whose injury was self inflicted, far away from the football field. Kindle was a bust because he lost his chance on his own accord. Cody wasn’t a bust, he was just a guy who suffered bad luck.
So the number one reason that Dixon can’t be labeled a bust is that he has had just 88 carries in his NFL career. Dixon has shown a lot of promise and because of that he’s generated a ton of buzz. Losing that reason for excitement stings, but calling him a bust at this juncture would just be kicking him when he’s down. His four game suspension is his fault. His season ending injury isn’t.