In wake of the Ravens’ most recent injury, the team needs to find a replacement for Kenneth Dixon for 2017. Maybe even for the unforeseen future.
Take it from the biggest Kenneth Dixon fan around, this injury hurts. The second-year back from Louisiana Tech was expected to make a big impact following a promising rookie season. Instead, Dixon underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will be out 4-5 months.
Obviously, that will give fans some hope of a return. But let’s be realistic. Even if he heals like the Wolverine and returns in four months, that is still all of August, September, October, and November. So that would mean he would be back in December, right? Not so fast. Kenneth Dixon would still have to serve his four game suspension, leaving him at best two games in 2017.
Of course, if the Ravens were to make the post-season, Dixon could be involved. But we have to be realistic: Kenneth Dixon is likely injured for the entirety of the 2017 season.
So, what are the Ravens to do? The current free agent pool consists of veterans such as DeAngelo Williams, Rashad Jennings, Reggie Bush, and James Starks. All four of them are over the dreaded age 30 mark. Even without that fact, do any of those names sound appealing as a guy who would touch the ball 150+ times over 16 games?
The answer is a big, fat no.
So, now what are the Ravens options? They could either wait for roster cuts to happen and snatch someone up, trade for a guy with decent upside, maybe even a big name back, or they could just stay in-house and trust a guy like Terrance West.
Any of those choices sounds more appealing than signing a 1,000-year old running back. Here’s the top options the Ravens should consider to replace Kenneth Dixon in the backfield. A scale of 1-10 will be used to show how fans would react to the addition, 10 being ecstatic and 1 being disappointed.