Baltimore Ravens: What they need from each running back
What the Ravens need from Justice Hill:
The Ravens drafted Justice Hill in the fourth round and he has to be one of the rookies to watch right now. Hill has speed. It’s not quite Lamar Jackson speed, but it’s close. Hill is a running back the Ravens are hoping to get some home run plays from. What the Ravens need from Hill is for him to make the most of the chances he gets. He’s not coming in to take over backfield prominence. Ingram and Edwards figure to be the headliners. Hill needs to be a change of pace back that hits the rushing lanes hard and fast.
What the Ravens need from Kenneth Dixon:
Kenneth Dixon just has to prove that he belongs. We’re talking about an often injured running back, who the Ravens may or may not be able to rely on. He’s played in 18 games since being drafted in 2016. Have there been moments where Dixon looked like a star in the making? Yes. Have those moments ever been strung together? No. Dixon reportedly got testy with the media this past week. The tweet below from Morgan Adsit, explains that situation.
The Ravens entered the offseason with Edwards and Dixon as their main two running backs. Eric DeCosta then added Ingram and Hill to the picture. The Ravens have been patient with Dixon, but they probably don’t want to be in a position where they have to lean on him. Dixon is a bubble player all of the sudden. Dixon has to prove that he needs to be a part of this team.
Dixon has incredible potential. It’s something that has been obvious from the first time he got a hand off as a Raven. He runs angry and when he has a full head of steam he’s hard to stop. He certainly has an opportunity, but it looks like he is slated to be the fourth player in a position group that may not extend past three. It helps Dixon that this is such a run heavy team.