The Baltimore Ravens have handed out numbers to their rookies. Is this the biggest deal in the world? No. However in the least fun offseason we’re probably ever going to have across the NFL, it’s something to talk about. Here are three big things to think about:
1. Picking up where Ray Rice left off:
The Baltimore Ravens have issued the number 27 jersey to J.K. Dobbins. The last time you saw the number 27 in Baltimore, it was worn by Ray Rice. On the field, Rice was one of the best players in franchise history. It’s debatable whether he or Jamal Lewis was the best running back ever to wear the purple and black. The end of Rice in Baltimore is something we all know about and nobody wants to relive that. Dobbins gets to pick up where Rice left off with the number. He can return some glory to the number.
If the Ravens never found Mark Ingram, the Ravens would still be looking for the kind of star power that Rice provided Baltimore at the running back position. Before Ingram and Edwards helped the 2019 Ravens become the best rushing team in the NFL, there was a heavy drop off at the running back position. After Rice the Ravens went through a long list of running backs including, Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Alex Collins and Kenneth Dixon. Picking Dobbins in the second round was the biggest attempt at finding a young star at the position since the Ravens drafted Rice in 2008. Dobbins, who many pundits believe was a steal in the 2020 NFL Draft, has a chance to be on par with Lewis and Rice.
Dobbins has a number that just seems perfect for a Ravens running back. If Dobbins does the number proud, it could be like the number 88 for Dallas Cowboys wide receivers. This could start a tradition in Baltimore that goes on for multiple eras of Ravens football. Dobbins is a perfect fit for the Ravens offense. With this number it’s a perfect fit.