Baltimore Ravens year in review: 3 things we learned at running back
2. Dobbins is going to be special:
I wanted to give Edwards some love before I told you how impressed I have been with J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins is a rookie out of Ohio State that looks the part of a star running back in the NFL. It’s not out of the question that next year we could be talking about Dobbins the way we talk about Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.
Is Dobbins fast? Check. Is he elusive? check. Is Dobbins physical? Check. Is he a weapon in the passing game? Check. He has all the tools and when he touches the ball for the Ravens it tends to be a great thing for the purple and black. Dobbins stats are fairly aligned with Edwards as a ball carrier. He has 568 yards on 110 attempts. Dobbins also has chipped in 18 receptions for 120 yards. He’s a Ray Rice kind of player with better speed, NFL defenses are going to hate prepping for him in the future. Well, they probably don’t like it now.
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Outside of Lamar Jackson, I’d argue that no player is as electric as Dobbins. You see why he put up massive numbers with the Ohio State Buckeyes. You see it every time he touches the ball. He is a spark providing player. What stands out the most is how hard he is to bring down. First, the defender has to line him up.
That’s not easy even for the best linebackers. Then, they have to deal with his stellar contact balance and leg strength. His legs by the way don’t stop when he’s been hit, Dobbins is about as hungry as it gets. Dobbins has all the tools to be special. Whether the Ravens keep Edwards or not, Dobbins should end up being the main attraction to the Baltimore run game not named Jackson.