J.K. Dobbins is the newest running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Here are three goals for him in his rookie season:
1. Become the star of a crowded running back room:
J.K. Dobbins is coming into a very crowded position group for the Baltimore Ravens. Mark Ingram comes into the season as the clear number one running back. Ingram has been a play-maker in the NFL for a long time and his first season with the Ravens was very memorable. The Ravens also have Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. Edwards in particular took advantage of his touches last year. He averaged over five yards per carry for the second consecutive season. That’s the running back trio that Dobbins will be making a quartet. Dobbins shouldn’t go into his rookie year trying to be one out of four. He should try to be the number one play-maker out of the bunch.
Everything you’ve heard about Dobbins from Eric DeCosta, John Harbaugh and the rest of the franchise has been filled with praise. The Ravens are clearly excited about Dobbins, in fact it’s almost coming off as giddiness. Dobbins will have the least experience yet the most talent and the freshest legs this season.
This is a running back who is used to being the workhorse for his offense. At Ohio State he had 725 carries and 71 receptions. Dobbins had over 2,000 rushing yards in his last year of College Football where he averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Dobbins is an explosive player who has more big play potential than anyone on offense other than unbelievable Lamar Jackson.
Should Dobbins value Ingram’s mentoring? Absolutely. However the goal shouldn’t be becoming the second fiddle in the backfield rotation. Dobbins has elite talent at the position where elite talent probably translates to the NFL game the quickest. Imagine if Dobbins became the headliner of this running back group. The Ravens could have two elite running backs in Dobbins and Ingram. When the defense can’t take anymore, there’s Gus Edwards. Dobbins being the best running back of this very intriguing quartet would put the Ravens run game into hyper-drive.